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The Syrian flag is seen during the Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo

Egypt has recalled its ambassador to Syria. The move is the latest in a series of Arab diplomatic measures aimed at applying pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end his crackdown on dissent that has left thousands of people dead.

Syrian activists say security forces on Saturday opened fire on protesters in the capital, Damascus, taking part in a funeral procession for people killed during a protest a day earlier.
Thousands of people participated in the procession, and witnesses said one mourner was killed in the shooting.

Meanwhile, anti-government protesters stepped up their protests against the government, with large crowds turning out in Damascus and the city of Aleppo.

In Cairo, hundreds of Egyptians and Syrians protested in front of the Syrian Embassy in Cairo calling on the ambassador to leave and criticizing the international community and Syria’s regional allies for not exerting enough pressure on Assad to stop the crackdown on dissent in his country.

Watch video of the protest by Rebecca Collard below and get the full story at

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