JNN 09 Oct 2012 Damascus : An official source at the Arab secret resistance movement – Hasm – noted recently that even if Al Saud regime was claiming officially not to like the idea of young Saudis going to fight Jihad in Syria, it was secretly forcing and sending young detainees and weapons in to Syria through Turkish Border , to re enforce the Insurgents.
The source explained that the Saudi authorities were forcing young Saudi detainees to go into Syria to take part in a conflict they did not really understand, while their families were expectantly awaiting their return home, believing they were sitting in a Saudi prison on Saudi soil.
The source added that even though Saudi Arabia was carefully ensuring that all prisoners entered Syria without proper identification papers or apparent link to the Kingdom, news of such a plot were starting to circulate.
Smuggled through Turkey to enter Syria, the detainees are prevented from getting in touch with their families and they often die without their families being ever notified.
As violence continues in Syria, the number of dead also increases. Saudi Arabia said the source even refuses to ensure that its dead are returned back to their homeland for a proper burial, as they seek to cover its crimes.
Depending on the circumstances the state will claim that detainees were killed trying to escape, or that they escaped, or that they simply that its records make no mention of such people.
The source emphasized that only if detainees-fighters were to return alive to Saudi Arabia and tell the world what they had been put through by the regime will people in the Kingdom know of the truth.
He added that often the dead’s remains were burnt, as to leave no trace of their existence and presence on Syrian ground
BBC News has uncovered evidence that appears to suggest that weapons intended for the Saudi military have been diverted to Syrian rebels.
Three crates from an arms manufacturer – addressed to Saudi Arabia – have been seen in a base being used by rebel fighters in the city of Aleppo.
How the small crates reached Aleppo is unknown, and the BBC was not allowed to film their contents.
Saudi Arabia has refused to comment on the matter.
The crates of ammunition found in an Aleppo mosque were made by the Ukrainian firm Dastan, which specialises in naval weaponsand missile complexes.
What was in the crates is unknown, says the BBC’s Ian Pannell, who has been in Aleppo, as is how they ended up there.
But their presence clearly suggests that someone in the Gulf is actively helping the rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, our correspondent says.
When contacted by the BBC, Saudi officials refused to comment.
The BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner says Saudi Arabia generally prefers to conduct its foreign affairs through low-key, behind-the-scenes discretion.
The apparent discovery of Saudi ammunition in a Syrian mosque could attract unwelcome attention, he adds.
Privately, opposition sources have confirmed to the BBC that they are receiving assistance from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The New York Times reports that Saudi and Qatari officials are sending small arms to the rebels, but are holding off sending heavier equipment, such as shoulder-fired missiles.
This is in part because they have been discouraged by the United States, which fears the heavier weapons could end up in the hands of terrorists, the newspaper says.
Meanwhile, in a speech on foreign policy on Monday, US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said that if elected, he would back Western-friendly elements among the Syrian rebels.
Extracts of his speech released by his campaign include the following pledge on Syria: “I will work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets.”
The UN has warned of rising tensions and has urged those supplying weapons to both sides to stop doing so.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said tensions were increasing in the region, adding that he was “deeply concerned” by the continued flow of arms to both sides, despite international embargoes.
“I urge again those countries providing arms to stop doing so. Militarisation only aggravates the situation,” he told the World Forum for Democracy, in the French city of Strasbourg.
Syria is not on the agenda at this week’s meeting of Nato foreign ministers, but in an interview with the BBC, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Turkey – a Nato member – could count on solidarity.
Na had no intention of interfering militarily in Syria, he said, but plans were in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary.