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India tells citizens to vacate Syria now

August 31, 2013 21:55 IST

India has asked all its citizens to leave Syria amid escalation of violence there and the US moving closer to military intervention in the war-torn country.

Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs, said the earlier advisory for citizens asking them not to travel to Syria remained in effect.

"We are in touch with our Mission in Damascus who are also in contact with approximately 25-30 Indian citizens in Syria. All Indian citizens are safe. Previously, we had advised all Indian citizens in Syria to return to India. They have once again been advised to leave Syria," Akbaruddin said.

The crisis in the country was evolving rapidly.

The US on Saturday moved closer to military intervention in Syria with President Barack Obama saying he was considering a "limited, narrow" strike with "no boots on the ground" even as UN experts probing the alleged use of chemical weapons left the war-torn country.

UN weapons inspectors have left Syria for Lebanon after completing their probe into a suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus. 

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