Turkey Closes Syria Embassy
And agrees with the US to provide 'nonlethal' aid
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2012 10:27 AM CDT
This image made from amateur video and released by Shaam News Network Monday, March 26, 2012, purports to show smoke rising from buildings in Homs, Syria.   (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via APTN)
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(Newser) – Turkey shut down its embassy in Syria today, and plans to join with the US to provide “nonlethal” aid to Syria's rebels. White House officials tell the New York Times that the two nations will provide things like communication equipment and medical supplies directly to opposition groups, and urge their allies to do likewise. The moves came as Syrian forces began shelling the restive city of Homs yet again, Reuters reports.

“Every day the shelling goes on,” one activist said. “The regime is wiping out the city.” There was also fighting in the city of Dara'a, where state-run media said that troops had found a “den of terrorists” intent on blowing up a bridge. In another sign of the regime's isolation, even steadfast ally Russia said yesterday that it backed UN envoy Kofi Annan's mission, with Dmitry Medvedev saying it “may be the last chance” to avoid civil war.