UN says withdraws non-essential staff from Syria

BEIRUT - The United Nations has withdrawn non-essential staff from Syria where President Bashar Assad is seeking to crush a five-month uprising against his rule, a senior UN official said on Wednesday.
UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said in a statement to Reuters that the 26 non-essential international staff members and their families had left Syria.Williams also said he was "very concerned" at the situation in Latakia, where activists say 36 people have been killed in a military assault which was launched against parts of the coastal city on Saturday.
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