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SYRIA: Assad warns of 'ethnic cleansing' of Palestinians in meeting with Moussa

April 12, 2010 | 10:29 am
Moussa and assad

Syrian President Bashar Assad told Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa on Monday that Arab governments need to take "urgent" action to reverse Israel's policy of "ethnic cleansing" in the occupied Palestinian territories, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported.

During a meeting in Damascus, Assad and Moussa reportedly discussed resolutions recently passed by the Arab League in response to continued Israeli settlement building in East Jerusalem as well as a recent Israeli military court rulings that critics say could lead to the expulsion of tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank.

The new orders allow for the expulsion of any individual in the West Bank without the proper permit, but according to the Abu Dhabi-based English Language paper the National, the wording is so vague it could be used against anyone, prompting 10 Israeli human rights groups to write an open letter of protest to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

The meeting in Damascus did not appear to have produced any concrete measures, but rather focused on strengthening existing resolutions.

-- Meris Lutz in Beirut

Photo: Syrian President Bashar Assad meets with the Arab League's Amr Moussa. Credit: SANA