Syria rejects league censure

Posted: November 14, 2011

BEIRUT - Syria's embattled regime called for an urgent Arab summit as it faced growing isolation yesterday, not only by the West but by its neighbors, over its bloody crackdown against an eight-month uprising.

The crisis raised regional tensions, with Turkey sending a plane to evacuate nonessential personnel after a night of attacks on several embassies by Syrian government supporters angry over the Arab League decision Saturday to suspend their country's membership.

The 22-member bloc's rare, near-unanimous vote - only Lebanon, Yemen and Syria were opposed - put Damascus in direct confrontation with other Arab powers, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, who were pushing for the suspension.

"You Arab leaders are the tails of Obama," read a banner held at a huge pro-regime rally in Damascus accusing the Arab League of bowing to pressure from the U.S.

- Associated Press

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