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Govt to evacuate RI nationals from Syria

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 31 2012   /  07:28 am

The Indonesian government has decided to take emergency measures against the worsening condition in Syria, where the regime of Bashar al-Assad is ramping up its attacks against civilian populations.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said that the government was readying plans to evacuate Indonesians from Syria, especially after the brutal massacre in the town of Houla, where 108 civilians, including 49 children, were killed.

Marty said on Wednesday that the government was finalizing a contingency plan to evacuate Indonesians out of Syria.

“According to our latest data, there are 12,000 Indonesians residing in Syria as students, workers, and migrant workers. Of these people, 193 have already left the country, while 40 others will be evacuated on May 30. Additionally, 139 migrant workers are now sheltered at the Indonesian Embassy in Damascus to be later evacuated ou...