Western countries expel Syrian diplomats

Around the world, patience ran out today with Syria's President Assad.

Some of his ambassadors and other diplomats were expelled from embassies, including in London.

Patience was running out in Syria too. There, the international mediator Kofi Annan said the country was at a tipping point after Friday's killing of more than a hundred people.

It now appears that fewer than twenty were killed by the shrapnel of artillery shells. The majority - children among them - by bayonets and close range bullets.

This report by Middle East Correspondent John Ray, contains upsetting images:

Countries that have so far expelled diplomats:

  • UK
  • USA
  • Netherlands
  • Italy
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • France
  • Australia
  • Bulgaria
  • Switzerland