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Arab League sends ‘urgent message’ to Assad to end violence

Arab ministers said on Friday they had sent an urgent message to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, calling on him to end seven months of violence against civilians following the killing of 40 pro-democracy demonstrators by Syrian forces.

October 29, 2011 2:57 by

It was the Arab League’s strongest message on the relentless crackdown by Syrian forces, who on Friday shot dead at least 40 protesters calling for international protection for Syria’s pro-democracy protesters, activists said.

The League’s Arab Ministers Committee on the Syrian Crisis said it sent an “urgent message … to the Syrian government expressing its severe discontent for the continued killing of Syrian civilians”.

The Committee “expressed the hope that the Syrian government would take action to protect civilians”, the statement said. Arab ministers are due to meet Syrian officials on Sunday in the Qatari capital of Doha.

The killings were mainly in the cities of Hama and Homs where men loyal to Assad have raided homes in their efforts to stop protests and a nascent armed insurgency against his autocratic rule. (Writing by Marwa Awad)

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  1. mike on October 30, 2011 7:52 am

    thanks for arab league that show some interest in syria problems , but what about yemen, bahrain, jordan, morocoo etc… and let us leave all this and llok at what is happening in palestyine and gaza in particular where israel killing innocent people daily, why the arab league does not care or show any interest ? are those people in other planet or what?
    arab league should be for all arabs and not for part of them.
    we feel so sorry for this arab lague where they never show up when you really need them.


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