Bahraini State of Emergency declared

Bahraini State of Emergency declared

15th March 2011

A three-month long state of emergency has been declared following the death of a Saudi soldier, allegedly at the hands of anti-government protesters.  The King Fahd Causeway between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain is closed until further notice.

Large numbers of security forces were reported near Bahrain International Airport (BAH) in Muharraq, but flights appear to be arriving and departing on time.

A state of emergency is one step below martial law, allowing the military permission to use "all necessary measures" to restore order.  This announcement has been made less than a day after 1,500 soldiers and police officers from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates entered the country at the request of the Bahraini government.

The Foreign office recommends that UK nationals remain in contact with the Consulate.

Wexas Travel Managment will continue to monitor the situation and advise those affected.

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