The British Embassy in Damascus has amended its security warning for all UK nationals in Syria, urging them to leave the country by commercial means as soon as possible.
The report reserves its strongest language to urge citizens to avoid
- the town of Douma to the north-east of Damascus
- the southern city of Deraa and its surrounding towns and villages including Tafas and Sanamiyn. This area includes the Ar Ramtha border crossing whose approach routes go through Deraa itself, but does not include the main border point at Nasib (also called Jaber on the Jordanian side)
- the coastal areas of Syria north of (but not including) Tartous city up to the border with Turkey. This area includes the cities of Baniyas and Latakia
- the city of Homs and the nearby town of Talbiseh on the main Damascus-Aleppo highway, where there have been disturbances including live gunfire and deaths. If you are travelling on the main road, you are advised not to stop or turn off into Talbiseh.