The Arab League says around 100 observers will remain in country but will not undertake new missions [Reuters]
The Arab League has suspended its monitoring mission in Syria due to
what it called the escalation of violence and "critical deterioration of
the situation" in the country.
Nabil Elaraby, the secretary-general of the Arab League, announced the decision in a statement on Saturday.
"It has been decided to immediately stop the work of the Arab
League's mission to Syria pending presentation of the issue to the
league's council," he said.
The bloc said around 100 observers would remain in the country but would not undertake new missions.
The mission was set up in December to monitor Damascus' compliance with an
Arab League plan to end a bloody crackdown on 10 months of protests
against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
The bloc extended the 165-member miss
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