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Arab League meets after Syria's suspension

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 01:46

Nov. 16 - Arab foreign ministers met in Morocco, calling for an end to violence in Syria, as amateur video purportedly shows more members of the Syrian military defecting. Sarah Irwin reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY SOME OF THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE Members of the Syrian army continue to defect - suggesting the popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad - could slide into armed conflict. Amateur video that could not be independently verified by Reuters - purportedly shows men defecting from the Syrian military - and promising to protect civilians. In Morocco, the Arab League met after suspending Syria's membership -- for failing to stop months of bloody crackdowns on government protesters. Qatar's Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani. SOUNDBITE: Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani (Arabic) "We cannot accept that people could be killed the way it is happening in Syria without intervening to stop the bloodshed and to avoid more violence, more violence and more killings. This is why we took a difficult decision for all of us because we are responsible for preserving the blood of our brothers in Syria." The Arab foreign ministers called on Syria to implement the Arab peace plan - which includes: pulling troops from cities, releasing prisoners and dialogue with the opposition. Syria has said it is committed to the plan, but the bloodshed continues. More Amateur video purportedly shows a neighborhood in Homs - shelled by tanks. The Assad regime has blamed the violence on terrorist gangs who they say have killed 1,100 soldiers and police. The United Nations said more than 3,500 people have been killed since the protests erupted in March. Sarah Irwin, Reuters.

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Arab League meets after Syria's suspension

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 01:46