US citizens told to leave Syria

April 26, 2011 06:24

The US warns its citizens to leave Syria and orders a partial evacuation of its Damascus embassy after troops fire on anti-government protesters.

BBC News


The state department also said some non-essential embassy staff and all embassy dependants would be leaving.

The UK says it is working with its partners on measures against Damascus. The US is also considering sanctions.

Tanks have been sent into Deraa, the town at the centre of protests against President Assad.

There have been numerous reports of crackdowns and arrests around Syria over recent days, despite the lifting of an emergency law last week.

More than 350 people have been killed in the violence since mid-March, activists say.


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