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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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