Gulf Arab states decided to expel Syrian ambassadors from their countries and withdraw their own from Syria, AFP reported Tuesday (February 7th).
The Gulf Co-operative Council (GCC) issued a statement saying there was "no point in them staying after the Syrian regime rejected all attempts and aborted all honest Arab efforts to solve this crisis and end the bloodshed".
The GCC condemned the Syrian regime's "mass slaughter against the unarmed Syrian people".
The council urged other Arab states to use an Arab League meeting next week to adopt "all decisive measures in response to this dangerous escalation against the Syrian people."
Meanwhile, clashes continued throughout Syria Tuesday as 21 civilians and four soldiers were killed, according to AFP. Most of the casualties were reported in Homs.
The Syrian army was shelling Homs with artillery fire and residents were fleeing the city Tuesday, according to BBC.
At least 128 civilians were killed Monday, including 19 children and 15 women, in the most violent conflict since protests began against President Bashar Assad, according to the Syrian Revolution General Commission.
The commission stated that the areas of Bayadhiya, Inshaat, and Baba Amr are being targeted by a constant bombardment in which all types of weapons and rocket launchers are being used.
In related news, Assad said Tuesday after meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that he was ready to co-operate with all efforts toward stability in his country.
"The president reiterated Syria's willingness to work with all efforts towards stability in Syria," the state news agency SANA said.