19 Feb '12, 1pm
Egypt withdraws ambassador to Syria
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt said on Sunday it was withdrawing its ambassador to Syria, the latest Arab country to scale back its relations with the embattled regime in Damascus. The 11-month-old Syrian uprising began with mostly peaceful protests in a number of the country's impoverished provinces. As security forces violently suppressed them, killing thousands, the protest grew and escalated into an increasingly armed insurrection. Syria has faced mounting international condemnation over its crackdown on protesters, including harsh sanctions and political isolation. Egypt's decision follows moves by Tunisia, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other Arab nations to reduce ties with Damascus.