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Bahrain Advises Nationals against Travel to Iraq

Bahrain Advises Nationals against Travel to Iraq

Thursday, 3 October, 2019 - 18:00
Demonstrators disperse as Iraqi security forces use tear gas during a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services, in Baghdad, Iraq October 2, 2019. (Reuters)

Bahrain urged on Thursday its citizens against traveling to Iraq in wake of recent violent protests.

The Foreign Ministry called on all Bahrainis present in Iraq to leave “immediately” for their own safety and security.

It urged them to exercise the utmost caution, keep away from unrest and observe the instructions of the competent local authorities, read a statement carried by Bahrain’s news agency (BNA).

Anti-government protests have been sweeping Iraq for three days.

The protests, in which at least 20 have now been killed and over 600 wounded, began over unemployment and poor services but have escalated into calls for a change of government and pose one of the worst security challenges in years.

They appear to be independent of any political party and seemingly took the security forces by surprise.

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