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Foreign embassies attacked as Arab League suspends Syria

Tens of thousands of pro-government protesters have taken to the streets in Syria to protest against the suspension of the country from the Arab League.

Protesters attacked embassies of Arab League members and other countries, including France and Turkey, with the latter withdrawing all diplomatic staff and their families from Damascus.

18 of the 22 members of the pan-Arab organisation voted for the suspension of Syria, after it did not implement proposals by the Arab League, which were initially supported by Syria.

Iraq abstained from the vote, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon voted against the suspension.

The proposals included the end of violence against protestors, access to international media and the release of prisoners detained during the protests.

The last member to be suspended from the Arab League was Libya, paving the way for an UN Security Council resolution which authorised military action to support the rebels against Colonel Gaddafi.

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