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Latest update : 2012-03-14

Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that it has closed its embassy in Damascus and withdrawn all diplomats and other personnel. The Gulf Cooperation Council states, including Saudi Arabia, agreed to recall their envoys from Syria in early February.

AFP - Saudi Arabia has shut down its embassy in Syria and has withdrawn all its staff, the foreign ministry announced Wednesday in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

"Due the developments in Syria, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has shut down its embassy in Damascus and withdrawn all its diplomats and staff there," said the statement.

Saudi Arabia, which has repeatedly pressed for world action against Damascus and called for rebels to be armed, was one of six Gulf monarchies to expell Syria's ambassadors and withdraw their own in February.

At least 8,500 people, most of them civilians, have been killed since the uprising against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.
 

Date created : 2012-03-14

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