US shifts embassy staff amid Bahrain unrest

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Posted: Jan 24, 2012 12:32 AM
US shifts embassy staff amid Bahrain unrest

The U.S. State Department says it is moving American Embassy employees to safer locations in Bahrain after ongoing political unrest elevated security worries in the strategic Gulf kingdom.

The statement issued late Monday says frequent clashes along a main highway in Manama have forced people to remain indoors and have disrupted travel. It says embassy staff and their families are being shifted to other neighborhoods to avoid the violence, which often includes tear gas and stun grenades from security forces.

Bahrain's majority Shiites began an uprising nearly a year ago to demand greater rights from the Western-allied Sunni monarchy.

Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.