MANAMA: Bahrainis currently in Iraq have been instructed to leave immediately following civil unrest that has spread across the south of the country.
“Due to the current developments in Iraq, the Foreign Ministry calls upon all Bahraini citizens present in the Iraqi territories to leave immediately in order to ensure their security and safety,” according to an advisory.
The ministry has set up hotlines in Baghdad and Najaf for citizens to contact for assistance.
The emergency number of the Bahrain Embassy in Baghdad is +964-7814256980, the Bahrain consulate in Najaf, +964-7728672227 and the ministry in Manama, 17227555.
Protesters yesterday stormed the Iranian consulate in Basra while others took workers hostage at a nearby oilfield.
After five days of deadly demonstrations in Basra in which government buildings have been ransacked and set alight, protesters broke in and damaged the consulate’s offices.
The protests in Basra, led by residents who say they have been driven to the streets by corruption that allowed infrastructure to collapse, leaving no power or safe drinking water in the heat of summer, intensified on Monday..
Since then at least 12 demonstrators have died in the city of two million, mostly in clashes with security forces.