Jordan removes its monitors from Syria mission

Arab League said it has suspended its mission in Syria due to rising violence, but has yet to formally declare mission over.

February 2, 2012 17:26
1 minute read.
Arab League monitors in Syria

Arab League monitors in Syria 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/via Reuters Tv/Handout)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


BEIRUT - Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said on Thursday that Jordan had withdrawn its monitors from the Arab League mission to Syria, saying the decision was taken several days ago when the work of all monitors was suspended.

"There is no mission and we withdrew in conformity with the Arab League decision," Judeh told Reuters.

The Arab League said on Saturday it had suspended its mission in Syria due to rising violence, but has yet to formally declare the mission over. However, Gulf states had withdrawn their monitors last week, saying the team could not stop the violence - which Assad blames on foreign-backed militants.

Jordan, which has a long border with Syria, had accepted the Arab League peace plan for Syria, which calls for President Bashar Assad to step down in favor of a unity government. But it fears antagonizing Assad and also is concerned that instability might spill over its frontier.

King Abdullah has also said his country opposed foreign intervention in his northern neighbor.

The Arab League suspended its month-old mission in Syria because of worsening violence, a move Damascus said was an attempt to encourage foreign intervention.

Click for full JPost coverage

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

May 22, 2019
Israel slams UN for consorting with Hezbollah