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Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Embassy employees in Bahrain who live near an area that has seen an increase in demonstrations are being relocated to other neighborhoods, the U.S. State Department said.
Rallies along the Budaiya Highway corridor have “led to traffic disruptions, effectively restricting travel for those living in the area,” according to a statement, posted on the U.S. Embassy website. “The resulting inability to leave one’s home for an extended period poses significant safety and security concerns.”
Tensions in the island nation persist almost a year after the start of demonstrations by mostly Shiite protesters demanding a more representative government and greater rights from the country’s Sunni Muslim rulers. At least 35 people died during the February-March rallies and the subsequent government crackdown.
--Editors: Louis Meixler, Eddie Buckle.
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