Sunday, February 19, 2012

Egypt withdraws ambassador to Syria

Al-Masry Al-Youm

"The Foreign Ministry decided to withdraw the Egyptian ambassador to Syria on Sunday, as thousands of protesters staged a sit-in outside the Syrian Embassy in Cairo.

Ministry spokesperson Amr Roshdy said the ministry made the decision after Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr consulted the ambassador in Cairo Sunday.

Thousands of protesters outside the embassy in Cairo on Friday demanded the dismissal of the Syrian ambassador in Egypt.

On Wednesday Egypt denounced the Syrian regime's escalating violence against pro-democracy protesters in Homs and other cities. It decried violence against civilians and urged the Syrian government to respond to protesters’ demands.

Mass protests in Syria began in March last year to demand that President Bashar al-Assad, who inherited the post from his father, step down.

More than 6,000 civilians have been killed since the outbreak of the demonstrations, according to activists and the United Nations."

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