Norway, Denmark advise citizens to leave Syria

February 4, 2006 20:59


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After demonstrators in Syria protesting against caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammed set fire to the Norweigan and Danish embassies in Damascus, Norway and Denmark advised their citizens to leave Syria as soon as possible. European diplomats quickly protested the violence. Norwegian Ambassador to Damascus Sven Sevje told CNN that his embassy had asked for extra security in the past week but had not received any. Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds said she has called in the Syrian ambassador in Stockholm to issue a formal protest. Sweden and Chile have embassies in the same building as the Danish embassy. "I will deliver the protest and say that this has escalated too far," Freivalds told TT news agency. "We expect the kind of protection we have a right to demand."

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