Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Australia to expel two Syrian diplomats

The federal government is expelling two Syrian diplomats from Australia following a massacre in the town of Houla.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr says Syrian Charge d'Affairs Jawdat Ali and another diplomat have been given 72 hours to leave the country.

The diplomats were advised at 4.30pm (AEST) on Tuesday.

Senator Carr says he expects other Western governments to announce similar measures.

The move follows the Assad regime's artillery attack on Houla, which is believed to have killed 108 people and injured 300.

Senator Carr called the massacre a "hideous and brutal crime." Read More