Emir Of Qatar Calls For Arab Troops In Syria

Published January 14, 2012 11:00AM (EST)

BEIRUT (AP) — The Emir of Qatar says that Arab troops should be sent to Syria to stop a deadly crackdown that has claimed the lives of thousands of people in the past ten months.

Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani's comments to CBS "60 Minutes", which will be aired Sunday, are the first statements by an Arab leader calling for the deployment of troops inside Syria.

They come amid growing claims that a team of Arab observers dispatched to Syria has failed to stop the killings.

Qatar, which once had close relations with Damascus, has been a harsh critic of the crackdown by President Bashar Assad's regime.

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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese officials say a man was killed by a bullet coming from the Syrian side of the border.

The officials say Lebanese citizen Hassan Obeid, 17, died in a clinic where he was rushed after being hit in the stomach in his northern hometown of Bkarha near the border with Syria.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the press.

Several Lebanese and Syrian citizens have been killed in border areas in Lebanon since an uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad began in March.

More than 5,000 Syrians have fled to Lebanon during 10 months of unrest and crackdown in which more than 5,000 people have been killed.

By Salon Staff

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