Moscow: Saudi Arabia has shut down its embassy in Syria and withdrawn its
staff and diplomats, al-Arabiya reported citing a statement by
Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry.
According to the statement, made public by the Saudi Press Agency
Wednesday, the decision had been made "due to the developments in
A number of Arab and Western countries, including the US and
Britain, have already closed their diplomatic missions in Syria as
increasingly ferocious attacks by the government forces continue
across the country.
According to UN estimates, over 7,500 people have lost their lives
in Syria since the outbreak of an uprising against Assad regime a
The bloodshed has provoked an international outcry, with human
rights groups blaming the Syrian government for its crackdown on
The Assad regime, however, insists it is fighting "armed gangs"
and "terrorists" affiliated with Al-Qaeda.