3 Syria-based Diplomats Left Damascus Via Beirut Airport

Three Ambassadors left Syria via Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport on Thursday, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency reported.

It said Romania's envoy traveled to Bucharest via Istanbul and Russia's diplomat headed to Moscow through a stopover at Dubai airport.

The Indian ambassador also headed to his home country via Dubai, NNA added.

Instead of flying in and out of the Damascus International Airport, top officials are driving overland from and to the Lebanese capital because of fighting near the Damascus airport.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it has documented more than 45,000 deaths in violence since the uprising against President Bashar Assad erupted in March last year, but adds the real death toll could be as high as 100,000.

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