Bashar Al Assad revokes EU diplomats’ special visas, access to war-hit people denied

Syrian President Bashar Al Asad. War broke out in Syria in 2011, killing more than two million people and displacing 11 million.

Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad has revoked special visas for European Union (EU) diplomats and officials visiting the war affected people.  

They were travelling between Beirut and Damascus.

The step by the Syrian president has complicated efforts to distribute aid to civil war victims, said senior EU diplomats.

Conflict broke out in Syria in 2011, killing more than two million people and displacing 11 million.

The European Union was using the Lebanese capital, Beirut, the nearest major city, for its diplomatic base.

The officials described revoke of special visas as Assad’s brutal assault on the movement.

The EU diplomats said, they have to apply for time-consuming, single-entry visas every time they wish to travel.

They said they believed it was an attempt to try to force European governments and the bloc to re-open embassies in Damascus.

It’s a serious problem for the EU’s humanitarian assistance.

There was no immediate available estimate for the impact of the multi-visa ban.