CAIRO: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has warned in a statement Thursday its nationals of traveling to Syria, as a gateway to other countries, due to security lapse which might risk their lives.
According to the statement, the warning comes after the ministry has received several requests from Egyptian families asking about their relatives who were lost in Syria while trying to cross the borders to other neighboring countries in search for a job opportunity.
The unrest in Syria has resulted in what is believed to be one of the most humanitarian crises in the world, which led to thousands of Syrians fleeing the violence and persecution to neighboring countries including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
The deteriorating security situation occurred following the expansion by the Islamic State group (ISIS), dominating at least one-third of Syria’s territory, according to statistics provided by the Daily Beast. The Islamist militants are of different nationalities including European countries. The group has also seized parts of Iraq and has frequently published videos showing killings of foreign hostages and Syrians troops that have been captured.
The deteriorating security situation in Syria has been on the rise following the US-allied air strikes targeting the warring militant groups. Also, al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria has reportedly controlled parts of the Syrian territory.