The US deployed an aircraft carrier and bombers to the region over alleged threats from Iran
Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned citizens against travelling to Iran and Iraq amid rising political tensions in the Middle East region.
In a statement, it cited “the unstable situation in the region and the recent escalations and threats against security and stability” as the reason behind the travel notice.
It advised citizens to take maximum safety precautions and called upon Bahraini citizens in Iran and in Iraq to leave immediately for their security.
Those seeking assistance can contact the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad at +9647814256980, the Bahraini general consulate in Najaf at +9647728672227 and the ministry at +97317227555.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday called for urgent meetings of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the Gulf, with the US deploying an aircraft carrier and bombers to the region over alleged threats from Iran, the Saudi Press Agency said.
King Salman has invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in Makkah on May 30 to discuss recent "aggressions and their consequences" in the region.
Last week, four ships including two Saudi oil tankers were damaged in mysterious sabotage attacks off Fujairah, followed by drone strikes Tuesday by Yemen's Houthi rebels on a major Saudi oil pipeline, which provided an alternative export route in case the Strait of Hormuz closed.