Germany advises its citizens to leave Syria
Germany has advised its citizens to leave Syria, amid ongoing deadly clashes between government forces and demonstrators, a foreign ministry official in Berlin said Tuesday.
"We urgently advise Germans currently in Syria to find a way out of the country on a commercial flight if this is possible and safe," a spokeswoman told AFP.
"We urgently advise Germans against all travel to Syria," she added.
In an earlier statement, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called on the authorities in Syria to enter into dialogue with the protesters and to implement "credible reforms" as soon as possible.
Berlin Tuesday called in the Syrian ambassador to make clear this position, Westerwelle added.
More than 390 people have been killed in the unrest in Syria since March 15, according to a tally compiled by AFP based on reports from Syrian activists and foreign non-governmental organisations.
The United States has said it is mulling "targeted sanctions" against Damascus, as more troops poured into the southern town of Daraa where a deadly crackdown against pro-democracy protesters was raging into a second day.
Late Monday, Washington ordered embassy families and some staff out of Syria after an earlier travel warning telling US citizens to leave the country because of escalating attacks on protesters.
© 2011 AFP