5 makeshift weapons by Syrian rebels that remind us how dangerous they can be

Published May 22nd, 2015 - 07:00 GMT
Many Syrian rebel fighters' weapons are homemade due to their lack of funding and access to ammunition. (AFP/File)
Many Syrian rebel fighters' weapons are homemade due to their lack of funding and access to ammunition. (AFP/File)

Syrian opposition fighters may not have barrel bombs or aircrafts, but they find a way to get what they need.

Twitter photos and YouTube videos have documented the extensive list of improvised weapons rebels use in their fight against the regime. From hand grenades to PlayStation-controlled military vehicles, they've made them all. But the risk involved in handling any weapon is exponentially higher when they're handmade.

Many of these men aren't military-trained soldiers. They aren't engineers. They're just a group of people who believe in their cause.

The rebels don't necessarily get their instructions from expert sources either; they Google. These makeshift guides often lead to amateur attempts to create dangerous weapons, causing debilitating or life-threatening accidents. Their lack of funds or resources also lead to buying cheaper materials, again increasing risks. 

While it's unclear how many deaths in Syria have resulted from weapon manufacturing or malfunctions, reports have mentioned several individual cases in which men were killed because they didn't know how to handle their arsenal.

With that in mind, here are just a handful of the weapons put together by amateur hands:

1. Kurdish YPG forces' Sandcrawler tanks 

2. Free Syrian Army's hell cannons 

3. Syrian rebels' "Elephant" rockets 

3. Daesh, al-Nusra Front SVBIEDs (Suicide Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices) 

4. Syrian rebels' rifle grenade 

5. Syrian rebels' anti-material rifle 


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