The Syrian authorities have put on display a huge quantity of arms, which they say were captured in an operation against Moslem Brotherhood opposition groups in the city of Hama last week.
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Background: The Syrian authorities have put on display a huge quantity of arms, which they say were captured in an operation against Moslem Brotherhood opposition groups in the city of Hama last week. The U.S. State Department had reported an insurrection in Hama, a northern Syrian city 100 kilometres from Damascus, earlier last week. This was denied by the Syrian authorities. But on Friday (12 February) Syrian Television released these pictures of an arms haul, including rifles, ammunition, hundreds of grenades and mortars, after an operation in Hama. The authorities have said that shooting incidents occurred during the operation, but denied reports of heavy casualties as a result of pitched battles. The Syrian News Agency (SANA) quoted the Defence Minister, Mustafa Tlas, as saying that the confiscated weaponry was supplied from abroad, and proved links between internal elements and American imperialism. In Damascus, the capital, President Assad's Government has portrayed the Hama disturbances as a local affair.