Kuwait MPs call on GCC to expel Russian ambassadors
KUWAIT CITY - Opposition MPs in Kuwait urged Gulf Cooperation Council nations Tuesday to expel Russian ambassadors over what they called Moscow's role in "genocide" against civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
The lawmakers also signed a motion calling on the newly elected parliament to hold an emergency meeting next week in support of the city.
"There is a genocide being committed against civilians in Aleppo amid total international negligence," Islamist MP Jamaan al-Harbash told a small rally in the parliament building.
"We call on the Gulf states to expel Russian ambassadors... and to open fund-raising campaigns at mosques," he said.
The GCC groups energy-rich Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, all of which have diplomatic ties with Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Abdullah Fahhad, another Islamist MP, demanded the expulsion of the envoys of both Russia and Iran, another Assad ally.
MP Waleed al-Tabtabai said that a protest will be staged on Wednesday outside the Russian embassy in Kuwait City over its military backing for Assad.
The Islamist-dominated opposition in Kuwait won nearly half of the 50 seats in a snap general election last month.
The United Nations said on Tuesday it had credible reports of pro-government forces in Aleppo executing dozens of civilians including women and children as the crucial battle for the city neared its end.
The UN human rights office said at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children, were reported to have been killed in recent days.