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The permanent representatives of the Arab League’s 22 members held an emergency meeting in Cairo on Tuesday to review the situation following the GCC’s decision.

Qatar’s envoy, Saleh Abdullah al-Buainain, told reporters after the meeting that the GCC countries would continue to support and fund the mission despite withdrawing their observers

An official at the Cairo-based Arab League said an emergency meeting of permanent representatives of the group’s 22 members will be held later Tuesday in the Egyptian capital to “review the situation” following the GCC’s decision.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The Arab League’s observer mission has been criticized heavily for its failure to stop the Assad regime’s crackdown.

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced that it would pull out its observers, followed by the other GCC members.

“This is their business,” Mr. al-Moallem said. “Maybe the Saudi brothers in the mission don’t want to see the realities on the ground, which don’t satisfy their plots.”

Activists said the deadliest incident on Tuesday occurred when security forces shelled a building in the Bab Tadmur area of the restive central city of Homs, with local activist Mohammed Saleh saying 17 people were killed in the attack. The umbrella group Local Coordination Committees claimed 30 people were killed.

Syrian troops also opened fire to disperse hundreds of mourners who had gathered for the funeral of a prominent opposition figure who was killed by gunmen the day before in the village of al-Barra in the northern Jabal al-Zawiya region, activists said.

The overall death toll ranged from 15 to more than 43, based on reports from the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Local Coordination Committees and several other activists on the ground.

Associated Press writers Bassem Mroue and Elizabeth A. Kennedy in Beirut and Abdullah al-Shihri in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, contributed to this report.