Jordan’s King Abdullah says Bashar al-Assad should stand down

14 November 2011

More than 3,500 people are reported to have been killed in Syria since unrest began

King Abdullah of Jordan has said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should stand down in the wake of the continued unrest in his country, according to the UK-based BBC news service.

“I believe if I were in his shoes, I would step down,” King Abdullah said in the interview with the BBC.

The UN estimates that more than 3,500 people have been killed in Syria since the anti-government protests began in March. Approximately 25 people were killed in the Syrian city of Homs on 11 and 12 November during further protests.

President Bashar al-Assad assumed power in 2000 after his father had ruled the country for three decades.

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