As activists reported intense gunfire, mounting deaths and mass detentions Monday in Syria, regional leaders stepped up their criticism of the escalating violence.
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain said they were recalling their ambassadors from Syria to discuss the situation.
Officials announced the diplomatic moves after Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah condemned violence in Syria in a rare rebuke directed at a fellow Arab leader.
"There is no justification for the bloodshed in Syria, and what is happening has nothing to do with religion or ethics," he said in remarks broadcast on state television early Monday. "The Syrian leadership could activate comprehensive reforms quickly."
Activists inside and outside Syria said a government crackdown was continuing Monday.
At least 65 people died during a military operation that began Sunday in Deir Ezzor, according to the activist network Local Coordination Committees of Syria (LCC).
Tanks entered the town of Maaret al-Numan after more than a month stationed outside its borders, the LCC and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Syrian forces reportedly detained dozens of residents there.
Syrian state television reported that the military began pulling out of Hama Monday after accomplishing "the mission of protecting citizens."FULL STORY