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Report: Qatar suspends diplomatic mission in Syria after attack

Arab World Materials 18 July 2011 12:20
The Qatari embassy in Damascus has suspended its mission indefinitely after pro-government Syrians attacked the building housing it, a Syrian newspaper reported Monday.
Report: Qatar suspends diplomatic mission in Syria after attack

The Qatari embassy in Damascus has suspended its mission indefinitely after pro-government Syrians attacked the building housing it, a Syrian newspaper reported Monday.

"Members of the Qatari diplomatic mission have informed us that work in the embassy is suspended," a Syrian employee at the embassy told the semi-official newspaper Al Watan, DPA reported.

"They have also informed us that all diplomats of the embassy and its consular affairs section will leave for Qatar," he added.

There was no immediate official confirmation from Syria or Qatar.

Last week, supporters of the Syrian government threw stones, eggs and tomatoes at the Qatari embassy in protest against the Doha-based news broadcaster Al Jazeera's coverage of the unrest in the country. No casualties were reported.

Syria has been gripped by pro-democracy protests since mid-March in which more than 1,400 people were killed, according to human rights advocates.

Such reports are hard to verify as the Syrian authorities have barred most foreign media and international human rights groups from entering the country.

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