Syria says will prosecute embassy attackers

By REUTERS
November 17, 2011 11:50

BEIRUT - Syrian authorities have said they will prosecute anyone who attacks foreign embassies in Syria, state media said on Thursday, after a series of attacks on foreign missions in retaliation for the Arab League's suspension of Damascus.

An Interior Ministry statement quoted by the SANA news agency said authorities would meet their international commitments to protect diplomatic property.

"The ministry warns anyone who tries to violate the sanctity of diplomatic buildings, or tries to enter or cause any damage to these missions, that (authorities) will take appropriate legal measures against perpetrators including arrest and trial," it said.

Supporters of President Bashar al-Assad have attacked several foreign missions since the Arab League announced on Saturday it planned to suspend Damascus from the 22-member organization and impose political and economic sanctions because Syria had failed to halt the violent suppression of protesters.


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