FCO urges Brits to leave Syria



The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has again urged all British nationals in Syria to leave the country as soon as possible.

The FCO has previously published warnings imploring Brits to leave Syria, but as the situation worsens they have decided to once again stress the urgency of the matter.

In a statement printed on the FCO website they have warned: “British nationals should leave now by commercial means whilst these are still operating. Those who choose to remain in Syria, or to visit against our advice should be aware that it is highly unlikely that the British Embassy in Damascus would be able to provide a normal consular service in the event of a further breakdown in law and order and increased violent civil disorder. Evacuation options would be limited because of likely communication and travel restrictions.”

The statement went on to say: “It is important that British nationals in Syria maintain a close watch on the situation and take responsibility for their own safety and security, making contingency plans accordingly. Our advice is very clear, because of the current situation, we advise against all travel to Syria. We ask British nationals to heed this advice and leave the country now.”