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    The brutal civil war in Syria has forced Indonesia to evacuate thousands of its citizens working in the conflict zone. – Khabar SoutEast Asia

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    The Indonesian government has decided to evacuate all its citizens living in Syria, where more than 100,000 people have died since civil war erupted. The violence, and more specifically the use of chemical weapons, has been condemned around the world.

    • "The government has carried out protection and repatriation measures for our citizens in Syria. As of September 11th, we have repatriated 8,960 people in 183 groups," Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told members of the House of Representatives' Commission I overseeing foreign affairs, according to Kompas.

    Marty said there are many more Indonesians in Syria, but he assured that all of them will be evacuated.

    • "We are so glad that our government pays significant attention to us in Syria. Many of us have been frightened by the conflict. Even though it is sad to leave our jobs in Syria, we would rather be safe. It seems the conflict in Syria will not be improving any time soon," Ningsih Wardani, a migrant worker from Yogyakarta, told Khabar Southeast Asia days after arriving back in Indonesia.

    Ningsih, who lived in Syria for two and a half years, said witnessing the civil war has been among the worst experiences of her life.

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    Proposal for peace

    Under Marty's leadership, the Indonesian government has put forth a peace building proposal to help address the conflict in Syria.

    Gadjah Mada University Rector Pratikno also called for diplomacy and justice in Syria.

    Impact on Indonesia

    Budianto Ridwan, a graduate student at Gadjah Mada University, said the Syrian conflict could have some ill effects on Indonesia.

    He said that even though the political and economic situations in Indonesia are improving, the price of oil is always a sensitive issue. Moreover, the return of Indonesian workers from Syria will impact the economy.

    Abdullah Rauf, an Islamic cleric in Sleman, Yogyakarta, condemned the violence in Syria.

    "I don't know much about the politics in Syria, but I do know that killing is not jihad and is not Islamic.
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