Syrians hold sit-in in Damascus to protest beheadings in Saudi Arabia

Scores of angry Syrians have staged a sit-in in a Damascus park to protest last week's beheadings in Saudi Arabia of two of their countrymen convicted of drug smuggling. Nearly 200 Syrians attended the demonstration, calling on Riyadh to hand over other Syrian prisoners. Monday's protest reflects the cold relations between Syria and Saudi Arabia, mainly over Lebanon where Damascus backs the Hizbullah-led opposition and Saudi is a major supporter of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora's government. Damascus' relations with longtime US-ally Saudi Arabia have been also strained over what Saudi officials see as Syria's role in promoting Iranian interests in the Arab world.