Syrian media outlets reported Friday that President Bashar Assad's security forces seized huge quantities of weapons used by rebels across the country, including Israeli-made arms.
According to the unconfirmed reports, Assad's troops seized a machinegun, Israeli-made bombs, automatic rifles, various explosive devices, protective vests, night-vision equipment and military uniforms, among other things.
Syrian television showcased the weapons Friday evening and claimed that some of the arms originated in Israel. Some of the weapons featured Hebrew inscriptions, yet it was unclear who was holding the arms and where the images were photographed.
Weapons showcased on Syrian TV
The latest Syrian reports are apparently meant to discourage anti-Assad rebels and present them as traitors who enlist the help of the "Zionist enemy" in their battle against President Assad.
Notably, this was not the first time that images of weapons allegedly produced by Israel emerged during the so-called "Arab Spring." In previous cases, both government forces and rebels used such images to portray their foes as traitors.
Last year, shortly after the beginning of the Libyan uprising against Muammar Gaddafi's rule, rebels presented weapons they claimed originated in Israel and were used by Gaddafi's forces.
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