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Syrians Attack Foreign Embassies Over Arab League Suspension


An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube purporting to show antiregime protesters in Idlib on November 11.

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube purporting to show antiregime protesters in Idlib on November 11.

Turkey said it would evacuate the families of its diplomats in Syria after its missions there were stormed by supporters of President Bashar al-Assad.

Ankara also summoned a Syrian diplomat to protest the night of attacks on its diplomatic missions in Damascus and other cities, and it repeated its call on Syria's leadership to end its crackdown against protests.

Saudi Arabia has also condemned an attack on its embassy in Damascus as thousands gathered on November 13 to protest a decision by the Arab League to suspend Syria and impose sanctions after it failed to end a violent crackdown on opposition demonstrators.

The Arab League earned international praise for its decision, including from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. President Barack Obama, the European Union, and Britain, and France.

The Arab League decided it would impose economic and political sanctions against Assad's regime and called on member states to withdraw their ambassadors after Syria failed to honor a peace plan brokered by Arab states.

Syria responded by calling for an emergency summit of Arab League heads of state to discuss unrest in the country, state television said.

Reports said security forces on November 13 shot dead four people who had shouted slogans against Assad at a rally organized by the authorities in the city of Hama to show popular anger at the Arab League decision.

The United Nations estimates around 3,500 people have been killed since the regime's crackdown against protesters began in March.

Assad supporters on November 12 tried to break into the Turkish Embassy in Damascus and into Turkish consulates in the cities of Aleppo and Latakia. Turkey is not a member of the Arab League but had welcomed its move to isolate Syria.

compiled from agency reports
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