May 29th, 2012
03:52 PM ET

OutFront Green Room: CNN's Arwa Damon on Syria

In an OutFront GREEN ROOM EXCLUSIVE, CNN correspondent Arwa Damon spoke to Erin Burnett OutFront producer Leinz Vales about why the unrest in Syria should matter to Americans.

The Syrian government has been placing restrictions on international journalists, refusing many of them entry at all, and Damon is one of a few reporters who reported out of Syria. She covered the Syrian city of Homs, which opposition forces said had been under artillery bombing from the Bashar Hafez al-Assad regime.

Leinz caught up with Damon while in the U.S. receiving the Peabody award for CNN's coverage of the Arab Spring. 

U.S., 7 other countries expelling Syrian diplomats after massacre

The United States and seven other countries across the globe announced they were expelling Syrian diplomats Tuesday in a coordinated move reflecting the international outrage about a massacre in the town of Houla.

A U.N. official said it's "clear" that Syrian government forces were involved in the massacre, which left more than 100 people dead, nearly half of them children.

A "fairly small number appear to have been killed by shelling, artillery and tank fire which took place over a period of more than 12 hours," said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. human rights office

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