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EU gives Syrian rebels oil boost, but keeps arms ban

FUEL, BUT NO FIRE:EU firms can now import Syrian crude and export technologies and investment to rebel-held areas, which is meant to help the region’s reconstruction


Yaalon said Israel had also set out two other “red-line” issues to Damascus: security along the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire line; and any transfer of chemical weapons into the hands of militants.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appealed for an end to outside arms supplies to rival sides during talks with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi and Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al Thani.

Qatar has been accused by Damascus of arming Syrian rebels.

Yet al-Arabi told reporters that halting arms supplies would only be possible if there was at least the beginning of a political settlement.

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