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Monday, 02 April 2012 - 12:31
Syrian rebel fighters to get salaries
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The opposition Syrian National Council has announced that rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria will be paid salaries.

Money will also be given to soldiers who defect from the government's army, the SNC added, after a "Friends of the Syrian people" summit in Turkey.

Conference delegates said wealthy Gulf Arab states would supply millions of dollars a month for the SNC fund.

The meeting recognised the SNC as the "legitimate representative" of Syrians.

Meanwhile, Damascus dubbed the gathering of some 70 Western and Arab foreign ministers in Istanbul as the "enemies of Syria", and key players remained absent, including Russia, China and Iran.

Violence continued yesterday, with more than 10 people reported killed, a day after more than 60 people died across the country.

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