Britons advised to leave Syria
Britons have been told to leave Syria amid growing political unrest despite the end of emergency laws.
The Foreign Office advised UK citizens to flee the country on commercial planes.
A spokesman said: "In light of the deterioration in the security situation in Syria, we have amended our travel advice to inform British nationals that they should consider leaving Syria by commercial means. The safety of British nationals is always our primary concern.
"At present there is relative freedom of movement, with all major roads and airports remaining open and with commercial airlines still running scheduled services with capacity available. It should therefore be possible for British nationals to leave if they choose to do so."
The Government previously advised against all but essential travel to the Middle East nation, which is the latest country in the Arab world to face calls for political reform.
Britons who choose to remain in Syria have been told to exercise caution and maintain a high level of security awareness, especially in public places and on roads. Officials warned them to avoid large crowds and demonstrations, with protesters likely to take to the streets on Friday following prayers.
The country's ruler, President Bashar al-Assad, on Tuesday scrapped emergency laws after campaigners demanded political reform as part of the Arab Spring sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.
But more than 200 Syrians have been killed during unrest in the past month as Government security forces cracked down on protests.
Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the lifting of the state of emergency in Syria after 48 years but said there is "still much more to do".
Mr Hague said: "I call on the Syrian security forces to exercise maximum restraint and on the Syrian authorities to respect the people's right to peaceful protest. As I have said before, the Syrian government should act urgently to respond to the legitimate demands of the Syrian people for political change and move towards implementing much needed reform."