Flotilla group linked to Syria gun-running

There is evidence to suggest that IHH, the Islamic charity that helped organise the 2010 flotilla to Gaza, has been involved in gun-running to Syria on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Free Syrian Army commanders have told The Times that a boat containing weapons that docked in Syria this week was registered to members of the IHH, which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Samar Srewel, an FSA activist who had helped to organise the consignment, told The Times: “It was clear from that second what was happening. The Muslim Brotherhood, through its ties in Turkey, was seizing control of this ship and the cargo. This is what they do. They buy influence with their money and guns.”

In Syria, rebel groups that have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood are said to have the best weapons and equipment.

About a quarter of the 130 members of the Syrian National Council have links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Last updated: 10:27am, September 14 2012