1 Jun 2012

Support for rebel army urged by student in NZ

8:46 am on 1 June 2012

A Syrian student living in Auckland says the best way for the world to intervene militarily in Syria is to provide support for the Free Syrian Army currently based in Turkey.

A massacre of 108 people last weekend in the town of Houla sparked international outrage, with many Western nations expelling Syrian diplomats.

Tarik Al-Diery, 22, who is at Auckland University, came to New Zealand in 1992 when his parents were expelled from Syria.

He says a NATO bombing compaign like the one in Libya would not work in Syria because the fighting in the cities and towns is at close quarters.

Mr Al-Diery says arms or intelligence could be supplied to the Free Syrian Army to help it remove the Assad regime.