Israel, S Arabia support terrorists, in Syria: Muallem

Israel, S Arabia support terrorists, in Syria: Muallem

HomeMiddle EastSyria Sun Feb 8, 2015 10:43PM

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has held Israeli regime and Saudi Arabia responsible for flaming the fan of the country’s four-year crisis, saying they provide support for the terrorists.

Speaking in Damascus in an exclusive interview with Iran’s Arabic-language al-Alam News Network, Muallem reiterated that the “Zionist Regime is behind the scenes of all incidents in Syria.”

Muallem further emphasized that the efforts of Israel to create a buffer zone on the Golan Heights would not succeed, warning that the “Syrian army and popular resistance forces are ready to continue military efforts to counter terrorist group al-Nusra Front and Zionist plots along Syria’s border.”

He also noted that the “narrow-minded policies” of Tel Aviv would surely bring about repeated failure for it.

Speaking about Saudi Arabia’s role in fueling violence in Syria, the minister rebuked Riyadh for supporting terrorist groups such as Jaysh al-Islam and its leader Zahran Alloush, explaining that extremist group “is dependent on Saudi Arabia” and Damascus is well aware of this connection.

He went on to say that the ISIL Takfiri militants originated from the Wahhabi ideology, and that, “There is no tie with Saudi Arabia even in diplomatic level” because of Riyadh’s intentions.

He further advised the Saudis to look into their policies for the sake of their own interests.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fueled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.

Over 7.2 million Syrians have also become internally displaced due to the ongoing crisis, according to the United Nations.

The Takfiri terrorist groups, with members from several Western countries, control swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, and have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.