Thursday, 07 June, 2012 | 18:50 WIB
12,000 Indonesian Nationals Trapped in Syria's Armed Conflict
TEMPO Interactive, Damascus:Repatriation of Indonesian citizens from Syria continues in the wake of increasingly unsafe situation. Indonesian nationals, about 12,000 in number, are scattered across the towns hit by battles between rebel troops and Syrian government ones, such as Homs, Hama and Allepo.
"We keep making every effort to ensure that as many [Indonesians] as possible are repatriated," RI Embassy's political counselor to Syria, Iskandar Sukmadi, told Tempo yesterday. "This repatriation depends on the completion of the entire process." The process meant by him is related to, among others, negotiation with employers, salary issue, Indonesian workers' rights, and immigration rules. The majority of Indonesian nationals in Syria is Indonesian workers, but the Indonesian Embassy did not know their exact numbers.
REUTERS | MARIA RITA