Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Syria Crisis Deepens As Diplomats Barred

Syria has barred several ambassadors, including from Britain, the US and France, saying they were "no longer welcome" as the diplomatic crisis deepens.

The ambassadors had already been withdrawn, but the move was symbolic of how far the ties with Damascus have disintegrated during the 15-month rebel uprising.

Following last week's massacre in Houla, in which more than 100 people - including many women and children - were massacred, Western nations expelled Syrian diplomats in a co-ordinated action.

Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdessi said Damascus had decided to take a "reciprocal measure" against ambassadors from the US, Britain, Turkey, Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain.

A number of French, German, Canadian, Bulgarian and Belgian diplomats are also affected, Mr Makdessi said. Read More