U.S. advises its citizens to leave Saudi Arabia, Kuwait
The State Department said Thursday it is authorizing the departure of family members and nonessential U.S. embassy personnel from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Two separate travel warnings with nearly identical language cited only "increased security concerns," as the reason for the decision to recommend departure.
The statement on Kuwait said private American citizens currently in that country "should evaluate rigorously" their own security situation and are strongly urged to consider departing.
The statement on Saudi Arabia also urged private Americans in the kingdom to consider departing, especially given decreased flight availability at a time of high demand related to school holidays and the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
Americans in both countries who decide to remain were encouraged to register at the consular sections of the respective embassies and to enroll in the emergency alert networks that operate in both, the statements said. (Albawaba.com)