Gulf States Close Embassies in Syria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 03/16/12)
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All six Arab Gulf states will close their embassies in Syria in
protest of the year-long crackdown on protesters in the country, Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) head Abdullatif al-Zayani announced on
AFP reported that al-Zayani said that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab
Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait took the step because the
Syrian regime is “massacring its people, choosing the military option
and rejecting all initiatives aimed at finding a solution to the
Al-Zayani asked the international community to “act urgently and
decisively to stop the killings and massacres in Syria as well as the
gross violations of the dignity and legitimate rights of the
Syrians,” according to AFP.
Two GCC countries, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, had announced the
closure of their missions in Damascus before this collective
decision, the report said.
Saudi Arabia took the step on Wednesday and announced the return of
its diplomats from Syria, followed the next day by Bahrain.
Syria´s popular uprising entered its second year on Thursday, as the
death toll from President Bashar al-Assad´s bloody crackdown fast
At least 8,500 civilians have been killed since the uprising began in
March 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
The United Nations said Wednesday that more than 230,000 Syrians have
fled their homes during the bloody year-long crackdown.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees´ coordinator for Syria says
30,000 people have already fled to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/16/12)
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