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Turkey expels Syrian envoys over Houla massacre


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Turkey expels Syrian envoys over Houla massacre

Turkey on Wednesday joined a host of Western nations in expelling Syrian diplomats from its soil.

Ankara’s move follows similar action by the US, Britain, France, Canada and Germany amongst others in protest against last Friday’s massacre in Houla.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it would be “cruel to remain silent against cruelty or to condone cruel acts” happening in Syria.

He said that “standing by a tyrant is equal to be being a tyrant” and hinted that in the coming days further sanctions may be implemented against Damascus, once one of its closest allies in the region.

All Syrian diplomats have been given 72 hours to leave Turkey.

Relations have become increaslingly strained between the two countries since the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s rule began in March last year.

The move to isolate Syria diplomatically comes after 108 civilians died in Houla. The UN Human Rights Council is set to hold a special session on the killings in Geneva on June 1.

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