Arab League: Don't expect 'drastic' steps over Syria

August 8, 2011 14:22

CAIRO - Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said on Monday the pan-Arab body would use persuasion rather than "drastic measures" to press for an end to violence in Syria, speaking after one of the bloodiest weeks in a five-month revolt against President Bashar Assad.

The muted Arab response on Syria has contrasted with the League's backing for a "no-fly zone" over Libya after an uprising began there. Saudi Arabia broke its silence on Sunday by demanding an end to Syria's bloodshed and recalling its ambassador.

Assad extended a tank onslaught in Syria's Sunni Muslim tribal heartland on Monday, residents said, in an escalating crackdown on focal points of popular unrest.

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