Middle East

Bahrain asks citizens to leave Iran, Iraq

Bahrain has asked its citizens in Iran and Iraq to immediately return, citing dangerous developments and potential threats".

US-allied Bahrain has warned its citizens against travel to Iraq and Iran and asked those already there to return "immediately" for their safety.

The Bahrain foreign ministry cited, "unstable regional circumstances, dangerous developments and potential threats," according to state news agency BNA.

The warning comes amid simmering tensions between the United States and Iran.

Washington on Wednesday pulled non-emergency staff members from its embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad out of apparent concern about perceived threats from neighbouring Iran, to which Iraqi Shi'ite militias are allied.

Earlier on Saturday, Exxon evacuated its foreign staff from an Iraqi oilfield.

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