Foreign ministry says to stay out of Bahrain

15th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch foreign ministry has issued a warning against travelling to Bahrain. It has urged its citizens who live there to stay indoors and to make contact with the embassy in Kuwait. The announcement follows a flare-up of anti-regime unrest after Gulf troops were moved in to back to the monarchy.

The US Department of State has also urged Americans to avoid travelling to the Gulf kingdom. It suggested that Americans should leave the country. More than 200 people were wounded in clashes between police and demonstrators in the capital, Manama, on Sunday, the worst day of violence since protests began a month ago. The current wave of unrest in the city is centred at the Financial Harbour waterfront and Pearl Roundabout square.

Troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates moved in on Monday to back the Sunni Muslim monarchy against pro-democracy followers mostly representing the country's Shi'ite majority. Iran has criticised the presence of foreign troops in Bahrain, calling the situation "unacceptable".

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