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Egypt's foreign ministry withdraws Syrian ambassador

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Feb. 12, 2012: In this citizen journalism image provide by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, an anti-Syrian regime man reacts in front of flames which rise from a burning shop damaged by Syrian government forces shelling, in Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs province, central Syria.AP

Egypt's foreign ministry says it is withdrawing its ambassador to Syria.

The Egyptian state news agency MENA said Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr decided Sunday during a meeting with Ambassador Shukri Ismael to keep the envoy in Cairo until further notice.

The report did not give a reason for the decision.

Violence has been spreading across Syria as originally peaceful protests seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad have escalated into increasingly armed insurrection.

Hundreds of Syrians protested in the capital Damascus on Saturday, an affront to the regime in one of its strongholds.