Saturday, March 5, 2011

Britain warns against travel to or stay in Yemen

The British Foreign Office has warned Britons in Yemen to leave the country due to the nationwide demonstrations.

“In light of the increasing violence in Yemen, we advise against all travel to Yemen,” a travel advice posted on the Foreign Office website on March 5 said. “We recommend that all British nationals in country without a pressing need to remain should leave by the commercial options currently available.”

The advice said that political demonstrations are continuing across Yemen, including in Sana’a, Aden, Hadramawt and Taiz and security forces and plainclothes policemen have been deployed to clash with demonstrators and use violence to disperse crowds.

“There have been reports of a number of deaths during demonstrations in Aden , Taiz and Sana’a,” the Foreign Office said. “Further protests are expected and violence is likely.”

This is the first warning to foreigners in Yemen since anti-regime protests erupted almost four weeks ago.


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