Saudi King Recalls Ambassador to Syria Over Protester Deaths

Abdallah bin Abdel Aziz calls upon Damascus to quickly implement serious reforms.

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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz announced late Sunday that he would recall the kingdom's his from Syria for "consultations" and called on Damascus to implement swift and all-out reforms.

"What is taking place in Syria is unacceptable," the king said in a statement broadcast on late-night state television. "Syria's future is between two options: wisdom or chaos," he said, adding, "The killing machine and bloodshed must be stopped."

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Credit: AP

At least 80 people were killed Sunday in attacks by the Syrian army in the cities of Deir al-Zour and Homs, according to the opposition group Federation of the Local coordination Committees of the Syrian Revolution.

The Syrian government is under mounting international pressure to halt a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

More than 1,650 people and 390 security personnel have been killed in the protests since they began in mid-March, Syrian human rights groups say.

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