Israeli President Shimon Peres has put his weight behind armed groups in Syria despite Damascus efforts to bring calm to the crisis-hit country.
Peres said in an interview with Israeli public radio on Sunday that he respected the armed gangs, who "expose themselves to live fire and I hope that they will win."
This is while the Syrian government has announced that the armed groups are behind the killings and the unrest in the country.
Syria has been the scene of violence since March 2011. Many people, including security forces, have lost their lives in the unrest.
In March, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan proposed a six-point peace plan to end the violence in Syria. However, armed groups abandoned the plan last week.
Meanwhile, Russia on Saturday proposed an international conference on Syria and reiterated Moscow's support for Annan’s peace plan.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would not allow the UN Security Council to approve foreign military intervention in Syria, which could lead to "the gravest consequences for the entire Middle Eastern region."
The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the Syrian government of killing the protesters.
But Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest, stating that it is being orchestrated from abroad.