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ROC keeps orange travel alert for Bahrain amid strife

TAIPEI--Taiwan's foreign ministry has maintained an orange level travel alert for Bahrain amid worsening anti-government protests in the Middle Eastern country, urging Taiwanese nationals to avoid unnecessary travel there.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the status in a Wednesday statement that asked Taiwanese travelers to take precautions and avoid visiting the country if possible.

Following anti-government demonstrations in Bahrain earlier this month, rioters blocked a highway and attempted to attack security forces with petrol bombs on Jan. 26.

The ministry repeated an earlier call for Taiwanese travelers planning to visit the country to pay special attention to their personal safety and avoid crowded and dangerous areas.

Under the ministry's four color-coded travel advisory system, the "orange" advisory is the second highest level of alert.

There are concerns over further clashes between anti-government protests and police in Bahrain in the run-up to the third anniversary of the anti-government movement, the ministry said.

Anti-government demonstrations and clashes between the ruling and opposition parties have sporadically broken out since the Arab Spring spread across the Middle East in 2011.

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