25 million USD for Bashar al-Assad: dead or alive
The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) has offered a $25 million reward for the capture, dead or alive, of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Turkishweekly.net informs about this referring to Anadolu news agency.
FSA commander Ahmed Hijazi said the money will be paid out by supporters as well as by "Syrian businessmen working both at home and abroad."
The United States said last month it had set aside $25 million for non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels.
The bounty offer comes as Western powers are looking to put more pressure on President Assad to go.
Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, has warned that crisis presented a "threat to the Syrian people, the region and the world."
The clashes in Syria have started since March, 2011. According to the UN thousands of people have already been killed in Syria as a result of the armed clashes. The rebels claim President Bashar al-Assad must resign and the latter refuses to do it. Assad claims that the rebels are directed by the Western forces.