The arms market in
On these pages, one may observe how the arms trade keeps pace with the political situation in the country, becoming "bullish" or "bearish" in tandem with increased or decreased political tensions. Demand for weapons during times of tension is reflected in the insane prices of available items, without this affecting demand. This means that any sale is more like an auction, in which prospective buyers outbid one another. But how do the dealers sell their weapons openly?
I have some rules. I do not sell to thugs, who can attack my family, and I do not sell to residents of Saida, because I can do without the headaches in the cityHe said he shut down his page and started a new one. "This time, it was the customers who were running after me," he said. According to
The arms dealer revealed that his clients come from different social classes, and include "bank managers, shop owners, and even university students." Asked about the most popular weapons, he replied, "pistols and Kalashnikovs [AK-47s], and then mortars and grenades."
Naturally, it is difficult to verify his claims, so we went to the Internal Security Forces to ask why the owners of these pages have not been prosecuted. The security source we spoke to, who asked not to be named, said he would consider the information supplied by Al-Akhbar as a tip for the ISF, which he said would monitor the pages and take action against those behind them.
The source said, "The ISF is unable to monitor all sites, but we follow up each new phenomenon we become aware of." The source denied
For a legal perspective, Al-Akhbar spoke to
According to Safa, the unlawful sale of weapons online can be prosecuted by the
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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