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Syria: London closed its embassy in Damascus

Britain withdrew its entire diplomatic staff from Syria because of the deteriorating situation in the country, said  the European media quoting British Foreign Minister William Hague on Thursday.

“I made the decision to suspend the services of the British Embassy in Damascus and to withdraw all diplomatic personnel for security reasons”, said the head of British diplomacy in a statement.

February 6, London has recalled its ambassador to Syria for consultations on the bottom of continuing violence in the country. That same day, the United States closed its embassy in Damascus following the refusal of the Syrian authorities to enhance security of U.S. diplomatic mission. All Embassy employees were invited to return to the United States. The State Department also advised Americans to travel to Syria.

Since mid-March 2011, Syria has been rocked by a protest movement against the regime. According to the UN, the suppression of the uprising would have already killed more than 7,500 dead. For its part, Damascus denies this figure and claims that nearly 2,000 police and military Syrians were killed by insurgents.

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