World Bulletin/News Desk
A Russian proposal for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control to avoid a Western strike would not stop the bloodshed in the country, the Gulf Arab States said on Tuesday.
Arab Gulf states, attending the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) held at the foreign ministry level, said that Syrian President Bashar Assad must be punished for using chemical weapons against his own people.
Urging the international community to Syria, Arab Gulf states renewed their demands for the United Nations Security Council to take deterrent measures against Assad's government over an August 21 chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 people.
Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, Secretary General of the Council Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani and Saudi FM Saud Al Faisal were amonng the attendants.
A US defense official confirmed artillery is being used in the operation.
The country's health infrastructure is on the brink of collapse, with medicines running out and staff going unpaid for several months, the groups said.
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Opposition fighters advanced to positions six kilometers (four miles) away from center of Hama city
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First strike targeted a school housing displaced people west of Raqqah
Regime warplanes carried out ten airstrikes on Ein Tarma suburb
The official SANA news agency said a total of 15 people were wounded in opposition fire on Tuesday.
Turkish Red Crescent is taking part in the evacuation operation for 30,000 civilians from Al-Waer district of Syria's Homs
Governor was unhurt after his car came under fire as it was passing near a military camp in Ad-Dali city
Co-founder of campaign to boycott Israel arrested for alleged tax evasion
Egyptian authorities say they are battling a ISIL-linked group in Sinai
The ban would stop passengers bringing laptops, iPads and cameras in carry-on luggage and is thought to effect at least 12 airlines.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi makes assertion at Monday meeting in Cairo with Palestinian counterpart
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