Leave Syria, British nationals told
The Government has told British nationals to leave Syria immediately as unrest continues to rock the country.
The Foreign Office updated its travel advice to say they "should leave now by commercial means whilst these are still operating."
And it reissued an urgent warning against all travel to the country.
A spokesman said: "Those who choose to remain in Syria or to visit against our advice should be aware that it is highly unlikely that the British Embassy in Damascus would be able to provide a normal consular service in the event of a further breakdown in law and order and increased violent civil disorder.
"Evacuation options would be limited because of likely communication and travel restrictions."
Britons in Syria were urged to keep a close watch on the situation and "take responsibility for their own safety and security".
The spokesman said: "Because of the current situation, we advise against all travel to Syria. We ask British Nationals to heed this advice and leave the country now."
Thousands of Syrians have been pouring into streets across the country, calling for the regime to go.
The protests came hours after troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships seized control of another north-western town in the latest military operation to quell the dissent.
Since the protests erupted in mid-March, President Bashar Assad has unleashed the military to crush street demonstrations, with human rights activists saying more than 1,400 Syrians have been killed and 10,000 detained.