17 Jun 2013

Egypt cutting ties with Syria

6:14 am on 17 June 2013

Egypt is cutting diplomatic relations with the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

President Mohammed Morsi demanded that the Lebanese group Hizbollah to withdraw from the fighting in Syria.

Addressing a rally in support of the Syrian opposition on Sunday, Mr Morsi said the Syrian embassy in Cairo would be closed and Egypt's representative withdrawn from Damascus.

He also called for a no-fly zone to be imposed over the country.

Syrian has condemned the decision. The Sana news agency reported a government statement that said the move was "irresponsible".

Sunni clerics from several Arab countries issued a statement after a meeting in Cairo on Thursday calling for "jihad to help our brothers in Syria by sending them money and arms".

Hezbollah's involvement in the conflict in Syria has also been condemned by the Arab League and the UN Human Rights Council.