Hague: British Embassy in Damascus 'suspended'
Foreign Secretary William Hague has withdrawn all diplomatic staff from the British Embassy in Damascus in Syria and suspended its services.
British nationals who remain in Syria despite our longstanding and consistent message to leave the country should contact the embassy of any remaining European Union member state if they require consular assistance.
Mr Hague said the deteriorating security situation put staff in danger.
The move comes as the UN rights council condemned "systematic violations" against civilians by the Syrian regime.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK is taking steps to build a legal case against President Bashar al-Assad for violently supressing protests.
He said Britain is making sure that experts are available on the Turkish border and elsewhere to collect the evidence.
"There will be film evidence, there will be testimony, there will be individuals, there may well be information from the cameraman who recently escaped from Homs," he said.
"I wish we could do more but we have to be realistic about what we can achieve. But holding them to account, gathering the evidence, using that case to build a case in international law that he can never hide from - that we can do," said Mr Cameron.
UN Human Rights Council in Geneva condemned the Syrian government for violating the human rights of the country's people.
Its resolution, which was supported by 37 nations, called for the regime to allow access for aid agencies, and demanded an immediate halt to the violence. China, Russia and Cuba voted against the resolution.
The British Red Cross has launched a "crisis appeal", saying that Syrian people urgently need food, medicine and other aid.
Activists say more than 7,500 people have died since the uprising against Mr Assad's government began last March.
The government, however, says at least 1,345 members of the security forces have been killed combating "armed gangs and terrorists", and puts the number of civilians killed at 2,493.