Saudi Arabia, Kuwait recall envoys as Syria further isolated


Saudi Arabia and Kuwait recalled their envoys to Damascus after the Arab League condemned violence in Syria, leaving President Bashar al-Assad further isolated as he defended his crackdown on “outlaws.”
Hours after the Saudi envoy’s recall, rights activists said on Monday a mother and her two children were shot dead by security forces in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, where 42 people were reported killed on Sunday in an army assault.
The recalls by Riyadh, the Arab world’s Sunni Muslim heavyweight, and by fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Kuwait, mark a major escalation of pressure on Assad.
His regime has reacted with brutal repression to a pro-democracy uprising that has left at least 2,059 people dead, among them nearly 400 members of the security forces, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“Saudi Arabia announces the recall of its ambassador for consultations,” King Abdullah said in a statement after Syrian security forces killed more than 50 people on Sunday. The statement urged Damascus to “stop the killing machine and the bloodshed… before it is too late.”
“The kingdom does not accept the situation in Syria, because the developments cannot be justified,” Abdullah said, urging “comprehensive and quick reforms.”
“The future of Syria lies between two options: either Syria chooses willingly to resort to reason, or faces being swept into deep chaos, God forbid,” he said.