All six Arab Gulf states will close their embassies in Syria in protest of the year-long crackdown on protesters in the country, Gulf Cooperation Council head Abdullatif al-Zayani said early Friday.
Al-Zayani called the international community and the Arab League to “act urgently and decisively to stop the killings and massacres in Syria as well as the gross violations of the dignity and legitimate rights of the Syrians,” according to AFP.
It is worth mentioning that, all six members of the GCC have already expelled Syrian ambassadors from their capitals.
Earlier, the UK, USA, Canada, Italy, France, Spain,Saudi Arabia and Bahrain similarly closed their embassies in Syria, which has been rife with anti-government protests for a year.
Meanwhile, Sources in Damascus say Syrian regime forces threatened to raid the Yarmuk refugee camp due to Fatah's alleged support of demonstrations against Syrian leader Bashar Assad.
“Yarmuk is not more precious than (Homs neighborhood) Baba Amro, and it will be raided if the demonstrations which Fatah movement organizes” continue, a regime agent was quoted as saying.
Syrian security forces have detained a number of Fatah members: Ayman Juda Abu Ala, public action official in Yarmuk, Jihad Abu Yousef, Abdul Wahed Kherma, Firas Tahmaz, and Amjad Sadya.
The claims could not be independently verified from outside the country, but Syrian forces have at times harshly attacked Palestinians over the course of an uprising against Assad's regime. In August, a bloody campaign against the coastal town of Latakia killed dozens of Palestinians.
In related, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that Iran has begun the dispatch of its aid consignments to Syria in line with its strong commitment to an all-out support for the Syrian regime,Fares news reported.
At the time,Press TV reported that Iran's Ambassador to Syria Mohammad Reza Raouf Sheibani has announced Iranian plans to send off three more cargos including foodstuff, ambulances, tents and blankets to Syria’s crisis-hit areas.