Moscow: Russia's envoy to the UN has accused Libya of running a training centre for Syrian rebels combating the ‘legal government’ of President Bashar al-Assad.

"We are concerned by reports that in Libya, with the support of the authorities, there is a special training centre for the so-called Syrian revolutionaries," Vitaly Churkin told the UN Security Council.

Churkin said the rebels were sent to Syria to "attack the legal government"."This is unacceptable. This activity is undermining stability in the Middle East," he said.

According to the UN, more than 7,500 people have been killed since the uprising against al-Assad began a year ago. The government blames the violence on ‘terrorists and armed gangs’.