Saudi Arabia concerned about Russian air strikes on Syria – report
Saudi Arabia has expressed concerns regarding Russian strikes on Syria, according to Al Arabiya.
"Countries that recently arrived in Syria can't claim to fight ISIS while supporting the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad and his terrorist allies from foreign groups like Hezbollah among others," Al Arabiya quoted Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the UN Abdullah Al-Mouallimi as saying Oct. 1.
Al-Mouallimi made the remarks at the UN General Assembly, a day after Russia launched air strikes on the positions of the radical group "Islamic State" in Syria in response to a request from that country's president, Bashar Assad.
Meanwhile, the US-led coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia, has been delivering strikes on the IS positions in Syria since September 2014 bypassing the UN Security Council and not coordinating its activities with the Syrian authorities.
Syria has been suffering an armed conflict on its soil since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far killed over 220,000 people.
Syrian government troops are being confronted by militants from various armed groups. The militants of the extremist groups known as "Islamic State" and Jabhat al-Nusra are the most active ones.
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