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The Cabinet issued a statement calling on all foreign fighters to withdraw from Syria and said they should be subject to international prosecution for any war crimes committed there. It also condemned "terrorism in all its forms."
Responding to Russian criticism of the reported Saudi plan to provide MANPADs to Syrian rebels, the Foreign Ministry blamed Russian support of the Assad regime for the prolongation of the Syrian conflict. King Abdullah recently decreed that any citizen who fights abroad faces three to 20 years in prison, and anyone who incites others to fight abroad can get five to 30 years. While official estimates say no more than 3,000 Saudis are fighting in Syria, the actual number may be as high as 15,000.
Saudi Arabia is reportedly seeking Pakistan's help in the provision of antiaircraft and antitank weapons for Syrian rebels. The Grand Mufti called on Saudi Arabians to donate to the Saudi National Campaign to Support Brothers in Syria. Between June 2012 and June 2013, the fund distributed over $114 million in support of displaced Syrians in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria.