Mideast and North Africa

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• As of press time, in April, the civil war in Libya continues, with heavy fighting in the east around Misrata, Yafran, Ajdabiyah and Brega and also in the Western Mountains region. NATO continues its air strikes on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s tanks, rockets, missile launchers and armored personnel carriers and is blocking from ports any tanker ships carrying refined-oil products. All diplomatic solutions have been unsuccessful.

• As of press time, the US Department of State is urging US citizens to depart Syria immediately while commercial transportation is readily available.

Since March 2011, demonstrations throughout the country have been violently suppressed by Syrian security forces, resulting in hundreds of deaths. Drivers have encountered checkpoints and roadblocks.

• Although there is a returning semblance of normalcy in day-to-day life in Bahrain, with many shops and businesses reopened, spontaneous demonstrations continue to occur in some neighborhoods, some resulting in violent clashes between security forces and protesters.

There continues to be an armed military presence, including tanks and armored personnel carriers, on the streets of Manama and surrounding areas.

• In Yemen, protests to remove President Ali Abdullah Saleh continued in April, with armed responses by security forces increasing the number of causalties. Since the uprising began in February, more than 130 people have died.

• In Egypt, the security situation in Luxor, Aswan and the Red Sea resorts, including Sharm el Sheikh, is calm; however, the situation across the country remains unpredictable and subject to change, the State Department advises.

In Cairo, two people were killed in April as the transition-government military council tried to clear Tahrir Square of protesters. Travelers in Cairo, especially to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities on Tahrir Square, should be on the alert for escalating demonstration activity, particularly on Fridays after prayers.

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• As of press time, in April, the civil war in Libya continues, with heavy fighting in the east around Misrata, Yafran, Ajdabiyah and Brega and also in the Western Mountains region. NATO continues its air strikes on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s tanks, rockets, missile launchers and armored personnel carriers and is blocking from ports any tanker ships carrying refined-oil products. All diplomatic solutions have been unsuccessful.

• As of press time, the US Department of State is urging US citizens to depart Syria immediately while commercial transportation is readily available.

Since March 2011, demonstrations throughout the country have been violently suppressed by Syrian security forces, resulting in hundreds of deaths. Drivers have encountered checkpoints and roadblocks.

• Although there is a returning semblance of normalcy in day-to-day life in Bahrain, with many shops and businesses reopened, spontaneous demonstrations continue to occur in some neighborhoods, some resulting in violent clashes between security forces and protesters.

There continues to be an armed military presence, including tanks and armored personnel carriers, on the streets of Manama and surrounding areas.

• In Yemen, protests to remove President Ali Abdullah Saleh continued in April, with armed responses by security forces increasing the number of causalties. Since the uprising began in February, more than 130 people have died.

• In Egypt, the security situation in Luxor, Aswan and the Red Sea resorts, including Sharm el Sheikh, is calm; however, the situation across the country remains unpredictable and subject to change, the State Department advises.

In Cairo, two people were killed in April as the transition-government military council tried to clear Tahrir Square of protesters. Travelers in Cairo, especially to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities on Tahrir Square, should be on the alert for escalating demonstration activity, particularly on Fridays after prayers.