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Saudi Arabia deports Syrian doctors found working for Assad’s regime

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Saudi Arabia has expelled a number of Syrian doctors accused of supporting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, the daily al-Watan newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The doctors, among them women, were found collecting suspected donations claiming to be for the Syrian “revolution,” the newspaper quoted a health ministry source as saying. They were also found guilty of collecting names of Syrian opposition members to the Assad’s regime in Damascus, the report said.

They individuals were reportedly active in “at least four cities” inside the kingdom, according to al-Watan.

The newspaper also quoted a source from the directorate of health affairs in the Northern Borders Province as saying that some of the suspects were under surveillance before the decision to suspend them for “politically driven” activities.

Saudi Arabia is a major supporter of the Syrian uprising and pressed from the early days of the conflict for joint international action against Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on civilian protesters.

As the conflict developed into an open civil war, Saudi Arabia called for backing the opposition Free Syrian Army with the weaponry needed to defeat the Assad’s army.