Saudi calls for withdrawal of foreign fighters from Syria

Lebanese group Hezbollah has sent fighters to fight alongside the Bashar al-Assad regime, while scores of Lebanese have joined the ranks of Syria's anti-Assad opposition.

Saudi calls for withdrawal of foreign fighters from Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

Saudi Arabia has renewed calls for withdrawing all foreign fighters from Syria and creating "safe corridors" for Syrian civilians.

Following a Monday cabinet meeting, Culture and Information Minister Abd al-Aziz bin Muhi al-Din al-Khuja renewed his country's condemnation of "all forms of terrorism."

He cited Saudi Arabia's speech before the U.N. General Assembly last month, in which Riyadh denounced "the terrorist acts committed by the Syrian regime against civilians" and called for the prosecution of the regime at the International Court of Justice.

Al-Khuja also called for withdrawing all foreign fighters from Syria and creating "safe corridors" for Syrian civilians fleeing the violence.

Lebanese group Hezbollah has sent fighters to fight alongside the Bashar al-Assad regime, while scores of Lebanese have joined the ranks of Syria's anti-Assad opposition.

Members of Iraq's Revolutionary Guards are also reportedly fighting alongside Syrian regime forces – a claim denied by Tehran.

Syria has remained in the throes of civil conflict since March 2011 when a peaceful uprising against al-Assad escalated into a civil war following a violent government crackdown.

According to the UN, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict to date.

Last Mod: 04 Mart 2014, 16:38
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