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Saudi Arabia accuses Assad of fuelling a sectarian crisis

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Saudi Arabia accuses Assad of fuelling a sectarian crisis


Latest amateur video from Syria purports to show a tank destroyed by the Free Syria Army and more government attacks on residential areas this time said to be in the town of Daria.

International criticism continues to be levelled at the Syrian regime. Saudi Arabia has accused the Damascus of trying to turn the crisis into a dangerous sectarian battle.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said:
“We have noticed for some time that the regime in Syria is trying to turn this into a sectarian struggle and this is one of the things that worries us because it not only threatens neighbouring Lebanon but it divides Syria itself.”

On Sunday President Bashar al-Assad appeared before parliament dismissing allegations his troops were responsible for the recent massacre in Houla and blamed terrorists for carrying out a foreign conspiracy.

His hour long address offered no response to a plea from special envoy Kofi Annan to take bold steps to end the conflict.

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