US tells citizens to depart Iraq immediately
The US State Department has urged its citizens in Iraq to depart “immediately” due to “heightened tensions” in the region.
Its statement also told citizens to stay away from the US Embassy in Iraq, which was stormed by pro-Iranian protesters on Tuesday.
#Iraq: U.S. citizens in Iraq or concerned about loved ones in Iraq can contact the Department of State at 202-501-4444 or toll-free in the U.S. at 888-407-4747. Avoid the U.S. Embassy in #Baghdad. Monitor local and international media for updates. pic.twitter.com/jt8hcBU6uH
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) January 3, 2020
The French government has also warned its citizens to stay away from any gatherings in Iran. A statement on the French Embassy’s website on Friday advised them to stay “prudent and discreet.”
It also recommends people do not take pictures in public spaces.