Syria Claims Deal Reached with Arab League

Syria claims a deal to end government crackdowns on protesters has been reached with the Arab League.

Chana Ya'ar ,

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Israel news photo: Wikimedia Commons / Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom / ABr

Syrian state media reports Damascus has reached a deal with the Arab League to end seven months of government crackdowns on protesters.

The reports, however, gave no details of the agreement. An official announcement is to be made at Arab League headquarters in Cairo sometime on Wednesday, according to the reports.

Although President Bashar al-Assad told Russian television on Sunday said that he is willing to cooperate with opposition forces, he warned the West in different interview with another news outlet to beware of causing "an earthquake" in the Middle East should NATO or the U.S. or any other international body attempt to intervene in Syria.

He also threatened to "shower Israel with rockets" should Syria be attacked by the international powers.

Representatives of the Assad regime have been negotiating since Sunday with the Arab League committee tasked with finding a way to end the bloody clashes.

More than 3,000 people have died in the country since the grassroots uprising against the government began in March along with others that toppled regimes across the region in the midst of the  “Arab Spring.”

Arab leaders who ruled for decades in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have all been ousted from their positions since January. Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi was killed last month in a clash that followed a NATO air strike on his hometown of Sirte, where he had been in hiding from National Transitional Council (NTC) forces.

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh is still fighting to retain his hold on the government while periodically reassuring citizens that he intends to transfer power to the opposition forces. Saleh was badly wounded in a massive attack by rebel forces on his compound earlier this year. He only recently returned to the country after spending months in a Saudi Arabian hospital where he received treatment for his injuries.

The Yemeni president, who contends the Al Qaeda terrorist organization is deeply involved in his country's unrest, announced last month again that he would step down from his position “in the coming days,” but did not follow up the speech with any concrete action.



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