Russia sent warships to the Mediterranean to prepare a potential evacuation of its citizens from Syria, Russia's Interfax news agency reported today. Two assault ships, a tanker and an escort vessel had left a Baltic port for the Mediterranean Sea, where Russia has a port in Syria's coastal city of Tartus. (Reuters, 18 December)
Russia’s move came a day after the Syrian rebels seized the Yarmouk Palestinian camp just 2 miles from the heart of Syrian capital city of Damascus.
“They (the warships) are heading to the Syrian coast to assist in a possible evacuation of Russian citizens ... Preparations for the deployment were carried out in a hurry and were heavily classified,” Interfax quoted the government source as saying. (Interfax/Reuters, 18 December)
Photo credit: Free Syrian Army fighters run during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Ouwayjah village in Aleppo. 17 December, 2012. (REUTERS/Zain Karam)