(MENAFN) On Friday, France's Foreign Ministry urged the French media organizations not to send reporters to Syria and urged journalists already there to return immediately given an escalation in violence, particularly in Eastern Ghouta and the Afrin region.
"In respect of an upsurge in violence in Syria, in particular, Eastern Ghouta and the Afrin region..we would be grateful if you would give up any plans to go to this country or to send reporters there," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Agnes Von der Muhll said in an official letter sent to members of the media in France.
"As you know, any trip to Syria is formally discouraged and those French journalists still present in the country are invited to leave immediately," she said.
This move comes a few hours after French Chief of Staff Gen. Francois Lecointre said that France had the necessary resources to launch a military intervention in Syria independently or with its American partners.
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