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Tunisia recalls ambassador from Syria
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 TUNIS: The Tunisian government has recalled its ambassador in Syria for "consultations", a foreign ministry source said Wednesday.
 
"Given the dangerous situation in Syria, the Tunisian government has decided to recall its ambassador in Damascus for consultations," the official TAP news agency quoted a ministry source as saying.
 
However the ambassador, Mohamed Laouiti, when contacted by AFP, said he had "received nothing official on the subject".
 
On August 7, Saudi Arabia, a major player in the Arab world, recalled its own ambassador from Damascus in reaction to the ongoing repression in Syria.
 
Bahrain and Kuwait followed suit the next day.
 
Rights groups say Syria's crackdown on protestors has killed 1,827 civilians since mid-March, while Damascus says 416 security force members have also died fighting "armed terrorists".
 
Diplomats told AFP Wednesday that Arab and European countries, along with the United States, will ask the United Nations' top human rights body to hold a special session on the situation in Syria.
 
Since the start of the trouble Tunisia has remained largely silent on the matter. However last week Tunis called for an end to the violence and for "serious" dialogue" in the country.
 
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