Arab displeasure with the Syrian government continues to mount. Arab News reports that the Saudi government is urging its citizens to leave the country ASAP. Turkey has imposed new sanctions, though it is taking measures to ensure humanitarian concerns are addressed – it is not, for example, fooling around with electricity and water supplies to the country. It will, however, stop all weapons shipments to Syria. As those primarily originate in Iran and Russia, Turkey is taking a significant risk in its regional politics.
The UAE will ban, from next week, flights to Syria originating there. Shutting down international air travel, naturally, has expat Syrians worried. Arab News also reports on their distress.
RIYADH: The Kingdom urged its citizens on Tuesday to leave Syria as soon as possible to avoid getting caught in a government crackdown on popular protests, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
“The Foreign Ministry renewed its warning to citizens currently in Syria to leave swiftly and asked those planning trips there not to travel now due to the unrest witnessed by the Syrian arena,” the agency said.
One Saudi had been killed by Syrian government forces in the restive city of Homs earlier this month.