Australia expels two Syrian diplomats

Australia expels two Syrian diplomats

Australia has expelled two Syrian diplomats in response to last week’s massacre in Syria in which more than 100 people, mostly women and children, were killed.

Charge d’affaires Jawdat Ali, the most senior Syrian diplomat in Australia, and another diplomat from the Syrian Embassy were ordered to leave the country within 72 hours, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr told reporters.

He added that he expected other countries to do the same later today.

“This is the most effective way we’ve got of sending a message of revulsion of what has happened in Syria,” said Mr Carr.

Friday’s massacre in Houla, a collection of farming villages in Homs province, was one of the deadliest single events in the 15-month-old uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s rule.

The United Nations said 49 children and 34 women were among the 108 people killed.

In a statement, Mr Carr called the killings a “hideous and brutal crime” and said Australia would not engage with the Syrian government unless it abides by a UN ceasefire plan.

The UN estimates 9,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011.

More on this topic

Syrian air force responsible for chemical attacks, says watchdogSyrian air force responsible for chemical attacks, says watchdog

UN chief says initial coronavirus cases in Syria just ‘tip of the iceberg’UN chief says initial coronavirus cases in Syria just ‘tip of the iceberg’

Assad predicts total victory after gains in northern SyriaAssad predicts total victory after gains in northern Syria

Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley calls for action to help Syrian refugees after Iraq visit Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley calls for action to help Syrian refugees after Iraq visit


More in this Section

Boris Johnson stands by under-fire senior aide Dominic CummingsBoris Johnson stands by under-fire senior aide Dominic Cummings

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopens after two-month lockdownJerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopens after two-month lockdown

Belarus opposition stages protest against president’s bid for sixth termBelarus opposition stages protest against president’s bid for sixth term

Donald Trump aide suggests G7 meeting could be held in personDonald Trump aide suggests G7 meeting could be held in person


Lifestyle

Last week, I wrote about 'small is beautiful' as a key to an improved environment for all living things after this Covid crisis is finally over. As I wrote, I saw, in the mind's eye, the village where I live in west Cork and from which my wife and I are temporarily exiled.Damien Enright: Community spirit can ensure we pull through - together

Fifty years ago, a fox was spotted in Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green. The unfortunate animal was chased by local ‘gurriers’. It took refuge in a tree but was promptly stoned to death.Richard Collins: Wildlife taking back the streets of our cities

The north pier on Cape Clear has been eerily quiet these last few months as no visitors disembark. The ferry is not unloading boatloads of tourists from Baltimore, 45 minutes away, or from Schull, as it would normally.The Islands of Ireland: Cape Clear tells its side of the story

If the Donegal postman and amateur weather forecaster has it right, we could be in for water shortages in the coming months. Michael Gallagher, who predicted the scorching summer of 2018 and the 2010 freeze-up, says we’ll have a ‘lovely’ summer.Donal Hickey: Demand for water to soar

More From The Irish Examiner