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September 16, 2012

US travel warnings to Americans in Sudan, Tunisia

     Washington: The American State Department has issued travel warnings to Americans in Sudan and Tunisia and ordered the families and unimportant US Government personnel in the two countries to depart due to security concerns over anti-American violence. "Given the security situation in Tunis and Khartoum, the State Department has ordered the departure of all family members and non-emergency personnel from both posts, and issued parallel travel warnings to American citizens," Victoria Nuland, a department spokeswoman, said. According to Fox News, the department in the travel warning said that while Sudanese Government has taken steps to limit the activities of terrorist groups, some remain there and have threatened to attack Western interests. The State Department said the airport in Tunis was open and it encouraged all U.S. citizens to depart by commercial air. It said Americans in Tunisia should use extreme caution and avoid demonstrations. The warnings come in the wake of anti-US protests over an anti-Muslim film that has swept across the Middle East and elsewhere in recent days. An obscure, amateurish movie called ‘Innocence of Muslims’ that depicts Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a pedophile sparked the outrage. Protests and demonstrations have spread to more than 20 countries including Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. According to the report, in Sudan, crowds torched part of the German Embassy and tried to storm the American Embassy. Protesters climbed the walls into the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, torching cars in the parking lot, trashing the entrance building and setting fire to a gym and a neighboring American school. The State Department travel warning comes as President Barack Obama paid tribute to the four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, who were killed in an armed attack on the US Consulate in the eastern Libyan city on Benghazi this week.
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