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Britain Hints At Syrian Involvement In Killing

21 February 2005 -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw today said that there is a "high level of suspicion" that Syria is involved in the killing of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

Straw's remarks -- made ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels -- came as some 60 Syrian intellectuals and rights activists today urged Damascus to pull its troops from Lebanon.

The protest came as Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League, said that Damascus will "soon" take steps toward withdrawing troops from Lebanese territory.

Thousands of Lebanese gathered on the Beirut seafront today chanting "Syria Out" as they marked one week since Hariri was killed in a bomb attack.

The rally was called by Lebanon's opposition, which is demanding that Syria pull its troops out of Lebanon and stop interfering in the country's internal affairs.