SYRIA ACCUSED OVER ATTACKS ON SAUDI AND QATARI EMBASSY
- Saudi Arabia has condemned an attack on its embassy in Damascus by supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to BBC News.
The Saudi and Qatari embassies were stormed by crowds after both countries voted to suspend Syria from meetings of the Arab League.
Saudi Arabia accused Syria's government of failing to take sufficient measures to stop the attack on its building.
The Arab League vote came after Syria failed to end a violent crackdown on opposition protesters.
Syrian authorities said the vote violated the league's charter, and accused it of serving a "Western and American agenda".
As the result became known on Saturday, groups of protesters gathered outside both the Saudi and Qatari embassies in the Syrian capital.
The French and Turkish consulates in the city of Latakia were also attacked, Reuters news agency reports.
The Saudi state news agency SPA said hundreds of Syrian government supporters threw rocks at its embassy. Some managed to get in, smashing windows and ransacking the building.
"Syrian authorities did not carry out the necessary measures to stop" the demonstrators, the SPA quoted the Saudi foreign ministry as saying.
"The Saudi government strongly condemns this incident and holds the Syrian authorities responsible for the security and protection of all Saudi interests in Syria," the ministry said.
Pro-Syrian government supporters also forced their way into the Qatari embassy - climbing to the top of the building to remove the Qatari flag and replace it with a Syrian one.
Both the Saudi and Qatari ambassadors left Damascus in the summer in protest at President Bashar al-Assad's crack down on protests in the country since March.
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