Syria closes its embassies in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

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Syria has decided to close its embassies in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia because they have refused to accept the accreditations of its envoys, diplomats posted in Damascus said yesterday.

“Syria’s embassies in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are to close because these countries have been refusing to accredit the diplomats sent by Damascus since the start of the crisis,” a source said.

The Arab monarchies of the Gulf have supported the three-year-old armed revolt in Syria and called for the overthrow of President Bashar Al Assad.

In a village in northern Syria near the Turkish border, Islamist militants and their local supporters have killed at least 22 people, opposition activists said yesterday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group quoted residents in Shuyukh, 100km northeast of Aleppo, as saying that militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, had killed 12 fighters from rival rebel groups and at least 10 local tribesmen.

The British-based watchdog, which has a network of sources across Syria and opposes President Bashar Al Assad, said the men had been executed by gunfire and knives. It said at least nine other villagers were missing and suspected to have been killed.

Media activists circulated online a list of people they said were victims. They named 20 people killed and nine missing, and said four bodies had been thrown into the Euphrates River.

The Peninsula

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2 responses to “Syria closes its embassies in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Anybody want to buy a dusty Embassy? The price is right.
    And now they are polluting the Euphrates River. Who’s downstream??

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    5thDrawer

    Speaking of wandering Malaysian Airplanes, and other weird things like slavery in general …..
    From Daily Star:
    BANGKOK: Thai police have discovered about 200 suspected Turkish refugees at a secret camp in the kingdom’s deep south, officials said Thursday, describing the case as “unprecedented”.
    Thailand has long been a hub for people trafficking, with thousands of Rohingya boat people from neighbouring Myanmar believed to have passed through the kingdom in recent years.

    The 200 refugees, whom police said identified themselves as Turkish, were detained after a raid on a camp in a mountainous rubber plantation on Wednesday night in the southern province of Songkhla.
    “It’s an unprecedented case that there are so many Turkish people arrested here,” Police Major General Thatchai Pitaneelaboot said by telephone.
    “They came as families and looks like they wanted to go somewhere else because they kept their belongings ready to move,” he said, adding that several suspected minders had fled during the raid.
    It was unclear how they arrived in Thailand. Police were waiting for an interpreter to help question the detainees, who have not yet been charged with any crime.
    The Turkish embassy said it had no information about their case while the UN refugee agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    In January Thailand detained more than 500 Rohingya refugees after a raid on a suspected people-trafficking camp in its deep south, a Muslim-dominated region plagued by a nearly decade-long insurgency.
    Thousands of Rohingya, described by the United Nations as among the world’s most persecuted minorities, have fled sectarian violence in western Myanmar in rickety boats since 2012, mostly believed to be heading for Malaysia.
    Thailand said last year it was investigating allegations that some army officials in the kingdom were involved in the trafficking of Rohingya.

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