Bahrain orders its citizens to leave Iran, Iraq 'immediately'

Bahrain orders its citizens to leave Iran, Iraq 'immediately'
Bahrain is ordering all of its citizens to immediately leave Iraq and Iran, amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf.
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19 May, 2019
Bahrain is ordering all of its citizens to immediately leave Iraq and Iran. [Getty]

Bahrain is ordering all of its citizens to immediately leave Iraq and Iran, amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf.

Bahrain's Foreign Ministry made the announcement via its state-run news agency Saturday afternoon.

It cited the "unstable situation in the region and the grave developments and threats that threaten security and stability."

Bahrain is a small, Sunni-ruled island nation off the coast of Saudi Arabia. It regularly accuses Iran of stirring dissent in its Shia-majority population

The United States on Wednesday pulled all non-emergency staff members from its embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad out of apparent concern about perceived threats from neighbouring Iran.

Washington has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf citing alleged threats from Tehran.

Tensions between the United States and Iran were already high after President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal a year ago.