Arab League Calls on Assad to Step Down

World | July 23, 2012, Monday // 08:18
Bulgaria: Arab League Calls on Assad to Step Down File picture of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad greeting supporters. EPA/BGNES

The Arab League has called Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to step down and a national unity government to be formed.

This is, according to the organization, the only way to stop escalating violence with rebel forces in the country.

Monday world agencies report that heavy fighting is going on in capital Damascus and largest city of Aleppo, which are Assad strongholds.

"The Syrian opposition must form a transitional govenrment of national unity," sated Qatar's PM Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani after the Arab League meeting early Monday.

Meanwhile, the USA and Israel have steeped up rhetoric agaisnt the Assad regime, claiming it owns chemical weapons that it can hand down to Hezbollah.

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