May 24, 2019

US warns its citizens to leave Syria

President al-Assad thinks these protesters are in need of his special brand of "tranquillity".

The US State Department has warned US citizens to leave Syria, following several days of unrest which has seen hundreds of civilians killed after troops fired on anti-government protesters in Damascus and Deraa.

To reinforce the recommendation, the State Department has announced that some non-essential embassy staff and all embassy dependants would be leaving.

Ramping up the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, the Obama administration is considering targeted sanctions against the Syrian leadership and business interests.

While all this is going on, all is rosy in the Syrian governments garden. They have issued a statement reporting that troops sent to quell unrest had “restored tranquillity”.

The official news agency, said the government had sent troops to several cities on the request of citizens who were worried about “armed extremists”.

What a generous man President al-Assad is, responding to the request of worried citizens and restoring tranquillity.

On Monday tanks and soldiers moved into the southern city of Deraa, while at the same time cracking down on unrest in Damascus using live ammunition.

The US State Department warning urges all Americans to defer all travel to Syria and advising those in the country to leave while commercial transport was available.

The protesters have become increasingly vocal in their demands for President al-Assad to step down. Originally most of them were only wanting political reform but as the government position has hardened, so has the resolve of the opposition.