Saudi weapons delivered to Al-Qaeda in northern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The UN has received intelligence showing that 60% of Saudi arms shipments to Syria have been delivered to al-Qaeda forces, sources said.

According to a report by the Lebanese daily al-Akhbar, the UN’s information shows that the al-Nusrah Front and the Islamic Emirate of Iraq and Sham affiliated to the terrorist al-Qaeda organization have received a major part of the Saudi shipped weapons cargos.

Saudi Arabia has supplied the weapons from one of the East European countries, which were alleged to be shipped to the so-called moderate opposition forces who fight the Syrian government, but Riyadh has delivered them directly to the terrorist groups, the report said on Wednesday.

Earlier reports this month also said that Saudi Arabia had struck a deal with the Israeli army to buy weapons for militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Israeli Radio reported that Saudi Arabia signed a 50-million-dollar deal with Israeli army to supply the foreign-backed militants with old Israeli military equipment and arms.

The reports added that the weapons include different kinds of anti-tank missiles, military vehicles, artillery equipment, and night vision devices.

The report came as The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported last month that Saudi Arabia has provided the Takfiri militants with Russian-made Konkurs anti-tank missiles.

It quoted militant sources as saying that they had received the first batch of the heavy weaponry from Saudi Arabia in the Syrian Northern city of Aleppo.

On June 14, US President Barack Obama ordered his administration to provide the militants with weapons.

Israeli President Shimon Peres voiced support for Washington’s arming of the Takfiri militants in Syria. Takfiris accuse most Islamic sects of being infidels.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned other states against providing weapons to the militants in Syria, saying that the arms could end up in Europe one day.

The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are supporting the militants.

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

By Fars News Agency

 

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