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Monday, August 08, 2011

Kuwait, Bahrain follow Saudis; recall Syria ambassadors

From Now Lebanon:
Bahrain has recalled its ambassador from Syria for "consultation," Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa said on Monday, following the example of neighbors Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

"Bahrain is recalling its ambassador in Damascus for consultation, and has called for a resort to reason," said Sheikh Khaled in a brief statement on his Twitter page.

King Abdullah of oil-rich Saudi Arabia led the way on Sunday when he strongly condemned the deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Syria and recalled Riyadh's envoy from Damascus.

Kuwait followed on Monday, with Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Sabah telling reporters that "no one can accept the bloodshed in Syria" and that the "military option must be halted."

But something happened in Syria that might get the world community to wake up and demand action:
A young Palestinian died early Monday morning in Syria's Hama refugee camp, bringing to six the number of Palestinians killed in Syria in a week, official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

On Friday, eyewitnesses said five Palestinian refugees were killed during clashes near the camp, which lies within the town of the same name, that has been the site of the fiercest battles between the protest movement and the Syrian regime.
I mean, regular Arabs killing Arabs is no big deal, but when Palestinian Arabs are killed, we know how upset people get.

Or does that depend on who does the killing?

(h/t David G)