Qatar calls for Arab League to meet again on Syria

As violence continues in Syria, Qatari prime minister calls for emergency foreign minister-level Arab League meeting.

By REUTERS
November 6, 2011 16:40
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CAIRO - Qatar's prime minister called for Arab states to meet next Saturday to discuss the Syrian government's failure to take steps to solve its crisis, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported.

"Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim, the Qatari Prime Minister, called for an emergency Arab League council meeting at foreign minister level next Saturday to look at the latest developments in Syria," MENA said.

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The meeting would discuss "the continuing violence and the government's failure to stick to its obligations under the Arab Action Plan to solve the crisis in Syria," it said.

Syrian forces shot dead at least four civilians on Sunday in a continued military assault on the central city of Homs and in an attack on pro-democracy demonstrations that erupted after prayers marking the main Muslim feast, an activist group said.

Three of the deaths occurred in Homs, 140 km (90 miles) north of Damascus, where a main district has been under tank bombardment since Tuesday. One demonstrator was shot dead when security police fired at a protest demanding the removal of President Bashar Assad in the city of Hama to the north, the Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC) said.


The organization said in a statement that at least 10 protesters were also injured in the town of Talbisah near Homs and in Harra in the southern Hauran Plain.

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Fifty protesters were arrested after a demonstration in the Damascus district of Kfrar Souseh. Troops deployed in several Damascus suburbs, surrounding mosques to prevent crowds from rallying after the early morning prayers for the feast of Id al-Adha, it said.

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