France tells its citizens to leave Syria immediately


France advised its citizens on Saturday to leave Syria immediately as security forces continue to clamp down on pro-democracy protests.

“We advise French citizens who are still in Syria to leave the country by commercial transport,” the foreign ministry said in the travel advice section of its website.

“Considering the escalation of tensions in Syria, it is strongly advised to abandon any plans to visit the country,” it added.

At the beginning of May, France counseled its citizens to delay non-essential travel to Syria.

The United States last week also advised its citizens to depart Syria immediately.

Syria’s government has sought to crush the democracy movement with force, leaving over 2000 people dead according to the Syrian Observatory.