UN staff quit Syria, warning on transport to Lebanon

Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:49am EDT

AMMAN/DOHA (Reuters) – Dozens of U.N. staff have left Syria and several countries have warned adults to stay divided from adjacent Lebanon as informal tensions grow over a probable U.S.-led troops strike.

U.S. President Barack Obama has pronounced he is formulation a “limited, narrow” troops movement to retaliate Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad for a poison gas dispute that Washington pronounced killed 1,429 people.

Syria denies a indictment and says rebels perplexing to overpower Assad were responsible.

Several U.N. agencies had scaled down their staffing in Syria as a precaution, a U.N. source told Reuters from Damascus on Saturday.

“Most of a midlevel and low unfamiliar staff left on Thursday. The heads of a several agencies have stayed behind, together with a skeleton internal staff,” a source added.

The United Nations has about 1,000 inhabitant and general staff operative on charitable and service projects in Syria, mouthpiece Alessandra Vellucci pronounced on Friday. She pronounced she could not criticism on reports of U.N. staff withdrawal a country.

U.N. agencies active in Syria embody interloper group UNHCR, a U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a World Health Organisation and a World Food Programme.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Britain and France warned their nationals not to transport to Lebanon, whose divided communities have been pulled into a increasingly narrow-minded dispute subsequent door.

Austria told a adults to hit a embassy in Lebanon before travelling there.

A comparison confidence source in Lebanon pronounced 14,000 people had left a nation on Thursday alone, mostly Europeans.

Bahrain’s unfamiliar method pronounced a recommendation was stirred by flourishing concerns of a impact of a Syrian predicament on Lebanon, news group BNA reported late on Friday. Kuwait’s embassy in Lebanon told a adults to leave a nation due to “security uncertainty”, news group KUNA said.

Britain suggested opposite all though essential transport to Lebanon on Friday, citing a new assault there and wider informal tensions. It also pronounced there might be an increasing risk of anti-Western view related to a probability of troops action. France released identical recommendation on Thursday.

At slightest 100,000 people have been killed and dual million driven abroad by Syria’s conflict.

(Reporting by Amena Bakr; Additional stating By Mirna Sleiman in Dubai, Michael Shields in Vienna and Khaled Oweis in Jordan; Editing by William Maclean and Andrew Heavens)