April 26, 2011
The US has warned its citizens to leave Syria, as the government of President Bashar al-Assad intensifies its campaign against peaceful protests.
The state department also said some non-essential embassy staff and all embassy dependants would be leaving.
The UK says it is working with its partners on measures against Damascus. The US is also considering santions.
Tanks have been sent into Deraa, the town at the centre of protests against President Bashar al-Assad.
There have been numerous reports of crackdowns and arrests around Syria over recent days, despite the lifting of an emergency law last week.
More than 350 people have been killed in the violence since mid-March, activists say.