Syria’s information minister accused Israel and other Western countries of arming anti-Assad rebels Monday.

“There are Israeli and Western weapons on the ground and training camps in neighboring countries,” Minister Omran Zoabi was quoted as saying in a press conference by Hezbollah news channel Al-Manar. “The issue is no secret; they publicly admit sending weapons, fighters and funding.”

Zoabi went on to claim that Egyptian President Morsi was responsible for the carnage in Syria.

“Syrian blood is on the hands of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi,” Zoabi said. “What is the difference between the Egypt of Hosni Mubarak and the Egypt of Mohammed Morsi in terms of the siege on Gaza and supplying natural gas to Israel?”

‘Syrian blood is on the hands of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. What is the difference between the Egypt of Hosni Mubarak and the Egypt of Mohammed Morsi in terms of the siege on Gaza and supplying natural gas to Israel?’

In his speech at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran last week, Morsi lambasted the regime of Bashar Assad as “oppressive.”

“We should all express our full support to the struggle of those who are demanding freedom and justice in Syria and translate our sympathies to a clear political vision that supports peaceful transfer [of power] to a democratic system,” Morsi said in his opening statement.

At the press conference, Information Minister Zoabi claimed that Syria still allows full freedom of press, saying that anyone who wanted to appear on Syrian TV could do so “and we will provide him with the opposite opinion in full freedom and democracy.”

The United Nations Children’s Fund, known as UNICEF, reported that 1,600 Syrians were killed last week alone, the deadliest period since the popular uprising began in the country in March 2011. Syrian human rights groups said August was the deadliest month so far, with nearly 5,000 fatalities recorded.