Sunday, June 19, 2011

UK tells Brits to leave Syria

On Saturday the British Foreign office told its citizens residing in Syria to leave via commercial flights immediately, as evacuation options would be limited going forward.

On Friday, sixteen people were shot dead by security forces as tens of thousands of Syrians protested around the country against Assad's regime. 

Meanwhile, Turkey has dispatched an envoy to Syria with a letter calling for Assad's brother Maher to step down from his position in the army. Maher Assad's Fourth Division and Presidential Guards have been used to suppress anti-Assad demonstrations in which over 1,000 people have been killed since protests began in March.

Last week, Iran warned that it will attack Turkey if it intervenes (militarily) in Syria and US warships were deployed opposite the Syria on Monday.

Meanwhile, Israel will be conducting the wide-ranging 'Turning Point 5' home front war drill from Sunday to Thursday this week. On Wednesday there will be two siren drills, at 11:00 and 19:00. Effi Mishov, head of the Home Front Command's population department, said about the drill (transl.): "Citizens of Israel need not be worried, but they must be prepared, and Israel has the capacity to stand up to any threat that may be brought upon us."

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