Saudi criminals join militants fighting in Syria: Envoy

Foreign terrorists in Syria
Foreign terrorists in Syria
Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations says many Saudis who have been either sentenced to death or life in prison are released to join foreing-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government.

"The Saudi authorities release those criminals, the majority of them are affiliated to extremist, terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda, to send them to Syria through hidden agreements through which they are given amnesty in return for their travelling to Syria to kill the Syrians," the Lebanese news website, el-Nashra, quoted Syrian Envoy to the UN Bashar al-Ja’afari as saying on Tuesday.

He further noted that the Saudi nationals have traveled to Syria to join the foreign-backed militant groups in the country with the acknowledge of Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

The Syrian envoy also said that the country’s army has arrested 300 Saudi nationals and hundreds of them have been killed in recent attacks in Syria.

The Syrian diplomat said that terrorist groups are killing the Syrian people with the support of Western countries, as well as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.

He also said, "We are regretful over the death of any Syrian citizen,” adding, the international community should take into consideration the number of Syrian people killed in terrorist attacks by militants backed by certain Western and regional countries.

Syria has been gripped by deadly crisis since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.