Syria: Four Arab monitors quit as Qatar suggests sending troops

Published January 15th, 2012 - 07:20 GMT
Syria monitors
Syria monitors

A team member of the Arab observer mission to apply the protocol of the Arab League on Syrian affairs, conveyed during the last few days that four members resigned. These include Algerian journalist Anwar Malik, who justified his withdrawal by his objection to the performance of the mission.

The observer said that the four members who decided to quit are from Sudan, Algeria Egypt and Mauritania. According to him, the group of Arab observers has recently inspected the situation of detainees in various Syrian prisons, stressing that their number is over 30 thousand detainees, since the outbreak of protests in March 2011 .

He said the detainees were subjected to violence and torture in the prisons.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, has suggested to send Arab troops to stop the bloodshed in Syria. Asked if he was in favor of Arab nations intervening in Syria, the Qatari leader told the U.S. broadcaster CBS: "For such a situation to stop the killing ... some troops should go to stop the killing."  

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