President Bashar al-Assad supporters
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Saudis leave Arab league mission in Syria

Saudi Arabia has pulled out of the Arab League monitoring mission in Syria, criticising Damascus for failing to act to stop violence against protesters.

Speaking at an Arab League meeting in Cairo, Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal called on the international community to put more pressure on the regime.

Critics have said the 165-strong mission has done nothing to stop a 10-month crackdown on protesters.

The Syria mission is expected to be extended for a month.

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen reports

  • 22 Jan 2012
Go to next video: Inside Deraa: Town at centre of Syria uprising