Syria unrest: Damascus delays Arab League chief’s visit

September 7, 2011

BBC News

Syria has made a last-minute request for the Arab League chief to delay his planned visit aimed at pressing for an end to Damascus’ crackdown on protests.

Syria asked Nabil al-Arabi to put off Wednesday’s visit “due to circumstances beyond our control”, the official Sana news agency said.

Mr Arabi had been expected to outline Arab proposals to halt Syria’s clampdown and also launch reforms.

Meanwhile, Syrian security services reportedly killed at least two people.

Syrian activists said a 15-year-old boy was among those killed in the flashpoint central province of Homs on Tuesday.

The activists also said that another five bodies were found in the province.

Access to Syria has been severely restricted for international journalists, and it is rarely possible to verify accounts by witnesses and activists.

The government of President Bashar al-Assad has repeatedly stated that it is tackling organised gangs.

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