U.S. warns its citizens to leave the country, in light of unrest.
Rights group claims that scores of people detained across Syria.
Earlier: WH considers sanctions against nation’s officials as southern city of Deraa reports more attacks.
“The U.S. Department of State urges U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Syria at this time. U.S. citizens in Syria are advised to depart while commercial transportation is readily available. Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in Syria are advised to limit nonessential travel within the country. The Department of State has ordered all eligible family members of U.S. government employees as well as certain non-emergency personnel to depart Syria. Embassy operations will continue to the extent possible under the constraints of an evolving security situation. … Since March 2011, demonstrations throughout Syria have been violently suppressed by Syrian security forces, resulting in hundreds of deaths. Demonstrations can take place anytime and anywhere. Recent demonstrations have occurred on university campuses, main streets, public squares, mosques, and other places of public gathering. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.”