Brazil Removes Diplomats from Syria

By Lucy Jordan, Contributing Reporter

BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – Brazil's Foreign Ministry on Friday removed nearly all its diplomats from the Brazilian embassy in Syria because of heavy fighting in Damascus. Itamaraty (the Brazilian Foreign Ministry) said in a statement diplomats were moved to Beirut, Lebanon, due to the “deteriorating security situation.”

Fighting reached the capital and Syria’s major city, historic Aleppo, earlier this month. Now Brazilian ambassador Edgard Casciano said things were so bad in Damascus that, “You simply cannot step outside there is so much shooting going on. It is a very problematic situation,” he declared.

“Helicopters . . .

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