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New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) Apr 25, 2012
U.S. State Department extends travel alert for Bahrain The U.S. State Department is alerting U.S. citizens to the potential for unrest in Bahrain. The new Travel Alert supersedes the Travel Alert dated Jan. 23, 2012, and expires on June 30, 2012. It updates information about spontaneous and at times violent demonstrations. All travelers to Bahrain face increased scrutiny from Bahraini authorities, and the government of Bahrain has refused to allow some U.S. citizens permission to enter Bahrain. The airport remains open and operational. Spontaneous and at times violent anti-government demonstrations occur in some neighborhoods, particularly at night and on weekends. These demonstrations have included blockades of major highways with burning debris and establishment of unofficial checkpoints. Participants have thrown rocks and Molotov cocktails and used various other homemade weapons to include isolated use of crude improvised explosive devices. The Ministry of Interior maintains official checkpoints in some areas and routinely uses tear gas and stun grenades along with birdshot and other crowd-control measures against demonstrators. Violent clashes between security forces and demonstrators can make travel in and around Bahrain dangerous without advance warning. There have been no direct attacks on U.S. citizens; however, isolated instances of Westerners and U.S. citizens getting caught in the middle of clashes have occurred and there have been examples of anti-U.S. sentiment seen on the streets, with U.S. flags occasionally being burned during demonstrations. Apr 25, 2012
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