- Associated Press - Saturday, February 25, 2012

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian state-run newspaper says the Friends of Syria conference in Tunisia has encouraged “terrorists” to shed more blood.

The Saturday commentary in Al Thawra daily singled out for criticism Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, who said during Friday’s 60-nation gathering that he supported giving weapons and ammuniton to groups fighting Syria’s President Bashar Assad.

The newspaper said that the prince, by “rudely” supporting an armed opposition, became a “direct partner in shedding more Syrian blood.”

The meeting aims at halting a 11-month crackdown which the U.N. said in January had left more than 5,400 dead.

The Syrian regime has accused the opposition of being terrorists acting out a foreign plot.

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