Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 6 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /
Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Farid Hijab, removed from office because of the defection to the opposition, arrived with his family in Jordan, Al-Jazeera TV channel reported.
It is reported that during Hijab's crossing the Jordanian territory a skirmish began between government forces and the Syrian opposition groups. Members of the Free Syrian army helped the former prime minister and his family move to Jordan.
Deputy Prime Minister Omar Ghalawanji has been appointed caretaker prime minister.
Earlier the ambassadors of Syria in Iraq, Cyprus, Belarus and the UAE and a number of senior military officials announced the defection to the opposition.
Anti-government protests have continued in Syria for about 17 months.
According to UN, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria has exceeded 17,000 people. About 230,000 people became refugees. About three million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The Syrian authorities say that they oppose the well-armed militants.