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Berlin issues travel alert for Yemen amid political unrest

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Feb 28, IRNA -- The Germany foreign ministry here Monday issued a travel warning for Yemen in the wake of the deteriorating security situation in that Arab country.

The ministry cited the escalating unrest in Yemen as the reason for the travel alert.

Talking at a regular weekly press briefing, German foreign ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke aid his country was monitoring the developments in Yemen with 'great concern.'

The foreign ministry warned of the threat of terrorist attacks by a local branch of al-Qaeda, which has threatened to kidnap non-Muslim foreigners in Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula.

It also also warned of 'a great risk of pirate attacks and seizures' off the coast of Somalia, which is located across Yemen on the Gulf of Aden.

Yemen has witnessed violent demonstrations against President Ali Abdullah Saleh
over the past weeks.

At least 13 people have reportedly been killed in fierce clashes between police and anti-government protesters last week.

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