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      UAE, Morocco Condemn Embassy Attacks

      Syrian regime loyalists stormed the embassies of the United Arab Emirates and Morocco Wednesday in Damascus over the Arab League suspension.
      By Chana Ya'ar
      First Publish: 11/17/2011, 9:23 AM


      Pro-regime loyalists attacked the embassies of the United Arab Emirates and Morocco Wednesday, continuing their protests of Syria's suspension from the Arab League.

      Supporters of President Bashar al-Assad hurled rocks and debris at the UAE embassy, and smeared its walls with graffiti, witnesses said.

      The attack came several hours after the Arab League decided to formalize its decision Saturday to suspend Syria's membership in the regionwide organization and gave Damascus three days to end the violence.

      “The UAE condemns the assault at its embassy in Damascus and holds the Syrian government responsible for the safety of its diplomatic mission,” said UAE foreign ministry undersecretary Juma al-Junaibi, in a statement released to the WAM state news agency.

      “It is clear that the Syrian government has failed to follow the necessary procedures to secure the work of the diplomatic mission and the safety of its staff.”

      Morocco allegedly has recalled its ambassador from Damascus following an attack by Syrian demonstrators on its embassy as well.

      The embassies of Qatar, Turkey, France and the United States were attacked last weekend following the Arab League's initial decision to suspend Syria. 

      Sources told the Reuters news agency Wednesday on condition of anonymity that Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Morocco and Kuwait were all considering co-sponsoring a non-binding United Nations resolution to condemn the Syrian government for its nine months of violence against civilian protesters.


      A draft resolution prepared by Germany, Britain and France is set to be submitted to a U.N. General Assembly human rights committee Thursday, with a vote on the measure set for next Tuesday.