Gen Selim Idriss
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Free Syrian Army chief: 'We need arms and aid'

6 March 2013 Last updated at 12:57 GMT

The commander of the Free Syrian Army has urged the international community to provide weapons and ammunition to help his fighters in their battle against President Bashar al-Assad.

Gen Selim Idriss also called for the lifting of the EU arms embargo against Syria, saying it was having a much more negative effect on the opposition than on the Assad regime.

His comments came in a rare interview with the BBC's Chris Morris, in which he also made a plea for more humanitarian aid to help the millions of civilians caught up in the ongoing conflict in his country.

The rebel leader, who is in Brussels to address the European Parliament, said he was confident that the FSA could win the war - but warned the bloodshed could continue for years.