Unsubstantiated reports are emerging from independent Yemeni websites that Saudi authorities are allegedly releasing criminals and sending them to fight against the Assad regime in Syria.
According to Syrainonline a document in Arabic has been revealed which shows "an agreement was reached between the Saudi authorities and a number of criminals from several Arab and non-Arab nationalities who were exempted from the death penalty and given monthly salaries for their families in Saudi Arabia and releasing them to go to Syria.
According to the document, the criminals are 105 Yemenis, 212 Saudis, 96 Sudanese, 254 Syrians, 82 Jordanians, 68 Somalis, 32 Afghans, 194 Egyptians, 203 Pakistanis, 23 Iraqis, 21 Palestinians and 44 Kuwaitis."
Digital Journal was unable to find any additional sources to substantiate the veracity of the report.
What is known is that Saudi Arabia, along with Qatar, has shown active support for the Syrian rebels. The Guardian reported both countries have been supplying weapons to Syrian rebels, with Saudi authorities willing to pay the salaries of the Free Syrian Army as a means of encouraging defectors from the Syrian army.
This report was confirmed by the New York Times which reported arms from Saudi Arabia and Qatar were going to "hard-line Islamic jihadists." An American official stated “The opposition groups that are receiving the most of the lethal aid are exactly the ones we don’t want to have it."
Digital Journal recently reported that Syria released a list of 142 foreign terrorists killed during fighting in Syria. The list was sent to the United Nations Security Council. The list contained the names of 47 Saudi nationals.