June 18, 2011
Syrian troops backed by tanks and firing heavy machine guns swept into a village near the Turkish border Saturday, the latest in a series of intensified army operations in the northwest where there have been heavy clashes between loyalist troops and defectors.
The Local Coordination Committees, a group that documents anti-government protests, said troops backed by six tanks and several armored personnel carriers, entered Bdama in the morning. The village is about 12 miles from the Turkish border.
The British Foreign office urged Britons in Syria to leave the country “immediately.” In a statement posted on the website of the British Embassy in Syria, the Foreign Office said Britons should leave “now by commercial means while these are still operating.”