Greece closes embassy in Syria over violence

July 26, 2012 16:21

ATHENS - Greece said on Thursday it was closing its embassy in Syria, where Syrian President Bashar Assad is fighting a 16-month-old revolt against his rule.

"Due to the worsening security situation in Syria, the operations of the embassy in Damascus will be suspended as of today," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Consulates in the cities of Aleppo, Latakia and Tartus would remain open to assist Greek citizens in Syria, the ministry added.

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