Syrian protesters rise against Abdullah


Walter Wang

At least 120 Syrian activists raided the Jordanian Embassy in Damascus earlier today and ripped down the flag. This is the latest in protests against Jordanian King Abdullah II’s call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. Abdullah’s request came after a months-long civil uprising that caused the deaths of over 3,500 people, according to Human Rights Watch.
 Arab states almost called for military intervention in Syria, according to the Jerusalem Post. However, some EU officials, such as British Foreign Secretary William Hague, have expressed reluctance at another military conflict after the events in Libya. Syria has already been suspended from the Arab League.
 The daily death toll in Syria rose to 69 on Monday, according to the Jerusalem Post. Troops loyal to Assad and deserters have clashed many times, causing most of the deaths. According to Syrian officials, at least 1,100 soldiers and officials have been killed since the uprising began in March. Assad’s soldiers have also committed tortures and killings which constitute crimes against humanity.
 By Walter Wang