DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Mideast countries are warning citizens traveling in the United States to be careful around protests over police shootings.
A "special alert" issued by the United Arab Emirates Embassy to Washington on Saturday urged citizens to stay away from demonstrations in U.S. cities.
UAE Embassy urges citizens in US to avoid protest places https://t.co/aB3H2l6Yox— WAM News / English (@WAMNEWS_ENG) July 9, 2016
State news agency WAM said the warning followed a protest by supporters of the "Black Lives Matter" movement in Washington on Friday.
The island kingdom of Bahrain issued its own advisory on Twitter, telling nationals to be "cautious of protests or crowded areas."
Please be cautious of protests or crowded areas occurring around the US. Emergencies call the embassy at 202.342.1111 ext9 or 202.297.0537— Bahrain Embassy (@BahrainEmbDC) July 9, 2016
The U.S. State Department routinely issues travel advisories for Americans abroad. On Friday, the Bahamas put out its own advisory about U.S. travel, saying young men especially should "exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police."