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Bahrain unrest: UK evacuation flight leaves empty

Posted by on March 18, 2011 0 Comment

A plane that is chartered to evacuate British nationals from Bahrain had departed empty despite the UK government warnings about the ongoing violence happening in the country.

The Foreign Office stated that “due to sufficient availability on commercial routes” there was no passengers on board when the flight had left for Dubai at about 1400 local time.

Several thousands Britons are believed to had been living in the Gulf state.

The Foreign Office had urged that any without a pressing need to stay should leave as soon as possible.

A spokeswoman stated that a number has already chosen to do so, but did not state exactly how many.

Referring to the lack of take-up of the FCO’s flight, she added: “We see that as a good thing because it shows people are managing to use other means to get out.”

The FCO warning follows days of violent clashes in the capital Manama between anti-government protesters and security forces.

Almost six people were reported to have been killed and officials had imposed that a curfew after the country’s Sunni rulers had called in the Saudi troops earlier on this week to try to keep order. Agencies

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