Publish date5 Feb 2013 - 9:45
Story Code : 122608

Saudi Arabia condemns Israel airstrike on Syria research center

Saudi Arabia, whose leaders have constantly supported militancy in Syria, has condemned Israel’s recent airstrike on a Syrian military research center as a “flagrant violation” of the country's territorial integrity.
Saudi Arabia condemns Israel airstrike on Syria research center
Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Monday quoted the Saudi Cabinet as condemning “the Israeli aggression against Syrian territories which it considers a flagrant violation against the territories of an Arab state and against its sovereignty."

The Syrian army said in a statement on January 30 that two people were killed and five others injured in an Israeli airstrike on a research center in Jamraya, located 25 kilometers (15 miles) northwest of Damascus.

On January 26, Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal called for militants fighting against the Syrian government to be given sophisticated weapons, including anti-aircraft weapons.

Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former intelligence chief and brother of the Saudi foreign minister, said, “What is needed are sophisticated, high-level weapons that can bring down planes, can take out tanks at a distance. This is not getting through.”

In December 2012, the Saudi regime pledged to allocate 100 million dollars in aid to the Western-backed Syrian opposition, reiterating its recognition of the so-called National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said that Riyadh would assign the money to the Syrian opposition to assist them in fighting against the Syrian government.

The Saudi minister further called on all Syrian opposition groups to unite under one leadership.
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