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August 14th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Syrian rebels claim to bring down military jet

In Syria, where rebels are  claiming they've shot down a military jet and say they have proof on video. CNN's Ivan Watson is following the story from Istanbul and we asked him if their claims add up?

Regional group votes to suspend Syria; rebels claim downing of jet

Foreign ministers of Islamic countries have agreed to suspend Syria from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a non-binding vote that sets the stage for the group's two-day emergency summit in Saudi Arabia.

Syria is one of the main items on the agenda of the Mecca meeting, which opens Tuesday. The ministers met in Jeddah ahead of the summit.

"There is an agreement to support the Syrian people and standing by their side, we are agreeing on freezing the membership of Syria until it retains its balance," Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafiq Abdul Salam said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

The heads of state must approve the suspension before it can take effect.

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