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US permits families to leave Syria

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The United States Sunday announced that they are allowing  family members of US government employees to leave Syria after boosting its  travel warning for the country being tossed by political unrest.

"The US Department of State warns US citizens of the potential for ongoing political and civil unrest in Syria," the department said in a statement.

"We urge US citizens to defer non-essential travel to Syria at this time. The Department of State has authorized the voluntary departure of all eligible family members of US government employees. US citizens in Syria should closely examine their security situation in light of this and other recent developments and consider departing Syria."

President Bashar al-Assad is facing exceptional  pressure in his 11 years of service.  Protesters are asking for greater freedoms and test his family’s four-decade grip on power.

More than 130 activists  have been killed in protests with security forces, mainly in Daraa and Latakia. Officials put the death toll at closer to 30.

US citizens were warned over all travel to the coastal city of Latakia and  the southern city of Dera’a together with the surrounding towns and villages where protests have been occurring.