Former Saudi intelligence agency chief has demanded sending more arms to foreign-backed Takfiri militants fighting the Syrian government, expressing concern that the continuation of war in the country would endanger Israeli.
Prince Turki al-Faisal made the remarks in an interview with American daily newspaper Washington Post, urging supplying arms to the militants to swing the balance of power on the ground in Syria, which is now in favor of President Bashar al-Assad.
â€œYou are facing al-Qaeda and its units in Syria. Volunteers from all over the world are in Syria. Therefore, if the war continues, it will not be limited to Syria.â€ he said,
Saudi Arabia has been the main supplier of weapons and funds to foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government.
According to a recent report by French daily Le Figaro, the weapons used by the militants in Syria are initially purchased by Saudi Arabia from black markets in Ukraine and Bulgaria. The weapons, which include Israeli missiles, are then transferred to a number of cells on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011 in which more than 100,000 people have been killed. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.