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Mideast nations caution citizens on US travel

Published:Monday | July 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM
In this Feb. 8, 2016 file photo, Emirati officials watch US President Barack Obama's keynote address at the opening ceremony of the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have told nationals to be careful in travelling to the US.


Two Mideast countries are warning citizens travelling in the United States to be careful around protests over police shootings.

A "special alert" issued by the United Arab Emirates Embassy to Washington on Saturday urged citizens to stay away from demonstrations in US cities. State news agency, WAM, said the warning followed a protest by supporters of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement in Washington on Friday.

The island kingdom of Bahrain issued its own advisory on Twitter, telling nationals to be "cautious of protests or crowded areas".

The US State Department routinely issues travel advisories for Americans abroad. On Friday, the Bahamas put out its own advisory about US travel, saying young men, especially, should "exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police".