Saudi Arabia demands Russia end Syria raids: Reuters
Saudi Arabia, a leading foe of President Bashar al-Assad, demanded his ally Russia to end its raids on Syria, saying the strikes had caused civilian casualties while failing to target the Islamic State militants, Reuters reported.
Saudi Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi expressed "profound concern regarding the military operations which Russian forces have carried out in Homs and Hama today, places where ISIS forces are not present. These attacks led to a number of innocent victims. We demand it stop immediately and not recur," the report reads.
"As for those countries that have claimed recently to join in the fight against ISIS terrorism, they can’t do that at the same time as they support the terrorism of the Syrian regime and its terrorist foreign allies like Hezbollah and the Quds Force and other terrorist sectarian groups," he added in comments broadcast by Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television.
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