Britain urges its nationals in Iran to 'stay indoors'

29th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain said said Tuesday it was urging its citizens in Iran to "stay indoors" and "keep a low profile" after protesters stormed Britain's embassy and another diplomatic compound in Tehran.

Senior Foreign Office officials have spoken to the Iranian charge d'affaires in London "to urge the Iranian authorities to act with utmost urgency to ensure the situation is brought under control", a spokesman said.

The ministry updated its travel advice on its website to read: "During a demonstration on 29 November the British embassy in Tehran was attacked, entered and set on fire.

"We advise all British nationals in Iran to stay inside and keep a low profile. Further advice will follow."

The Foreign Office spokesman said: "This is a fluid situation and details are still emerging. We have updated our travel advice to reflect today's incident."

Iranian protesters stormed the embassy and another British diplomatic compound in Tehran on Tuesday, dramatically raising tensions with the West in a confrontation over the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear programme.

© 2011 AFP

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