RIA Novosti 
Dec 19, 2012
A prominent leader of the Syrian opposition abroad has called Russian and Iranian citizens “a legitimate target for opposition militants in Syria.”
“Russia, along with Iran, provides Bashar al-Assad’s regime with weapons and ammunition, and supports it politically, therefore the citizens of these countries present legitimate targets for militants in Syria,” Haitham al-Maleh said in an interview with Al Jazeera.
The Geneva Convention, in his interpretation, allows civilians who collaborate with one of the opposing sides to be targeted. At the same time, the 80-year-old politician admitted that rebel commanders in Syria rarely coordinate their actions with the political opposition abroad.
Al-Maleh, who had several spells as a political prisoner in Syria since the 1960s, has received numerous awards for defending human rights in Syria and opposing violence against civilians.
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