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Sweden issues Syria travel warning
Women in an anti-government demonstration in Banias, Syria on April 13th

Sweden issues Syria travel warning

Published: 14 Apr 2011 14:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Apr 2011 14:30 GMT+02:00

"In view of the security situation, the foreign ministry advises against all unnecessary travel to Syria until further notice," the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also urged travelers in Syria to avoid demonstrations and large crowds. In addition, "travelers should avoid being in or near larger mosques around the time of Friday prayers".

Scandinavian neighbours Norway and Denmark have also advised their citizens not travel to Syria.

Denmark also said it would halt all deportations of Syrians who have been denied asylum back to Syria because of the security situation.

"The Refugee Appeals Board has decided, following an inquiry by the foreign ministry, to suspend all forced deportations to Syria until further notice," the board said Thursday.

Syria has been gripped since mid-March by deadly protests calling on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, in power since 2000, to introduce sweeping political reforms.

Demonstrations spread to Syria's second city Aleppo on Thursday following a weekend of confrontation between security forces and activists during which 30civilians were killed, according to rights activists.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

18:41 April 14, 2011 by glamshek
What about Bahrain ? How much money did Sweden get from USA ? Sweden does not dare to bring the issue of Bahrainis.
20:53 April 14, 2011 by Muff
What about Bahrain? There is no need advice against travel there since their protests were crushed.
20:59 April 14, 2011 by MC7669
How about Iran, Egypt, China, Russia, Tailland sex tourism, Turky and many other countries were People disappear gratuitous
22:02 April 14, 2011 by jimmy1988
I mean! How is going for holidays to Syria!?
10:47 April 15, 2011 by glamshek
What about the pardon grated to Syrian protesters ? Some Western thugs however got hammered in Syria. Lebanon caught some arms on the border of Syria that were tried to be transported in. What about that ?

In China and Iran people are in huge majority who support their systems.
22:14 April 15, 2011 by Syftfel
Just imagine if it had been in the reverse: "Syria issues Sweden travel warning".
12:05 April 16, 2011 by johnny1939
Better stay home this year and get it on on Gotland or Marstrand...Falsterbo.....travel too risky of course there is the risk w/ Statens Järnvägar OH boy better stay home ...don't go anywhere. Stay in your cave!
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