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Saudi Arabia, Gulf Nations Ready to Help Syrians, SPA Reports

March 03, 2012

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council members are ready to participate in any joint effort to help Syrians protect themselves from the government of President Bashar al-Assad, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Syrian government “lost its legitimacy once it killed its citizens,” the news service cited Abdullah bin Yahya al- Mua’lemi, the kingdom’s ambassador to the United Nations, as saying. Saudi Arabia urged the UN Security Council to use all means “to halt Syrian killing machines,” SPA said.

Fighting in the Syrian city of Homs has intensified international pressure on Assad a year after his security forces began a crackdown on protests. The opposition is increasingly taking up arms, pushing the country into civil war. The UN has estimated that more than 7,500 people have died.

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