Head of the Arab League, Nabil el-Araby (Photo: Reuters)
Arab League chief Nabil El-Arabi has described Wednesday's bomb attack in the Syrian capital Damascus – which killed at least three top security aides to President Bashar Al-Assad, including his defence minister and brother-in-law – as a "major development."
El-Arabi also voiced the pan-Arab organisation's concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria, warning of the mounting threat of civil war. "Violence leads to more violence," he said.
The Arab League chief went on to call for the peaceful, democratic transition of power in Syria, saying that respect for the Syrian people's legitimate rights was "the only safe exit" from the ongoing bloodshed.
According to El-Arabi, Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the crisis in Syria.
The planned meeting in Doha, Qatar, which will follow a scheduled session of the organisation's Syria crisis taskforce, will "examine the consequences of the situation in Syria from all angles," El-Arabi said.