Middle East

Saudi Arabia Blasts Syrian Crackdown

Saudi Arabia publicly flexed its muscle Monday, recalling its Syrian ambassador and calling on the Syrian government to quit its crackdown on dissent. “What is happening in Syria is not acceptable for Saudi Arabia," King Abdullah said in a written statement. "Syria should think wisely before it's too late and issue and enact reforms that are not merely promises but actual reforms.” His words appeared to have little effect, however, as the Syrian Army resumed shelling the city of Deir al-Zour for the second day. At least 50 people died Sunday when tanks fired on the city.