Syria Expels Ambassadors Who´ve Already Left (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/05/12)
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Syria announced the expulsion of diplomats from the U.S. and 8
European countries Tuesday, saying they were "no longer welcome."
Most of the diplomats had already left Syria of their countries´ own
The Syrian action is a diplomatic countermove to the coordinated
decision a week ago by a string of Western countries to expel the
Syrian ambassadors in their capitals. This was done in protest of the
Houla massacre in which more than 100 people were slaughtered.
"Some countries have informed our diplomatic missions and our
embassies´ staff that they are unwelcome," Syrian Foreign Ministry
spokesman Jihad Makdessi said in a statement.
He said Damascus has decided to take a "reciprocal measure" against
ambassadors from the U.S., Britain, Turkey, Switzerland, France,
Italy and Spain. Several Canadian, Bulgarian and Belgian commercial
attaches were also affected, Makdessi said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin began a three-day visit to China,
partly devoted to the Syrian crisis. Moscow and Beijing continue to
oppose international military intervention in Syria. "On the Syrian
issue, China and Russia have remained in close touch and coordination
in New York, Moscow and Beijing," said Chinese Ministry of Foreign
Affairs Spokesman Liu Weimin.
Syrian forces reportedly attacked several towns across the country
Tuesday, killing at least six people. The Syrian army stormed the
town of Kafarzita in the province of Hama after three days of
bombing, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) reported.
In addition, several locations including the rebel city of Homs were
bombed and battles were fought against the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in
the Latakia region. At Idleb, near the Turkish border, four civilians
were killed and others were seriously injured overnight during what
was termed a "major military operation" in the town of Kafroueid.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/05/12)
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