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Jakarta Post

Indonesia issues travel warning for Syria

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 14, 2018   /   02:45 pm
Indonesia issues travel warning for Syria Smoke billows following Syrian government bombardments on Kafr Batna, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Feb. 22. (Agence France -Presse/Amer Almohibany)

The Indonesian government has released a travel warning on Saturday for Indonesians planning to travel to Syria amid fears of escalating violence in the war-torn country.

The travel warning was issued following air strikes by the United States, British and French forces on Syria early on Saturday in response to a poison gas attack that reportedly killed dozens of people last week.

AFP's correspondent in Damascus reported that several consecutive blasts had been heard at 4:00 a.m. local time, followed by the sound of airplanes overhead. Smoke could be seen emerging from the northern and eastern edges of the capital.

Indonesian citizens in Syria were urged to report themselves and to keep communicating with the Foreign Ministry at the Indonesian Embassy in Damascus.

The ministry also urged citizens to get updates from mobile app Safe Travel from time to time and to bring identity cards, passports and important telephone numbers when traveling.

In case of emergency, Indonesian citizens can contact the Indonesian Embassy in Damascus at +963 954444810, +963937021018 (hotline), +963116132578 (consular) and +62 812-9007-0027 (citizen protection hotline).