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France and the Netherlands issue warnings to their citizens in Middle East

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — France urged its citizens in Iran on Friday to stay away from public gatherings and appealed to the Netherlands embassy in Baghdad for citizens to leave after the assassination of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.

The United States had earlier called on its citizens to leave Iraq, after which it threatened to respond to the killing of Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, in a US air strike.

“The mourning was declared three days after the killing of General Soleimani,” the French embassy in Tehran said on Twitter. In this context, we call on the French citizens to refrain from any gatherings, act wisely and cautiously, and refrain from taking pictures in public places.”

The American air strike resulted in the killing of Soleimani and Abu Mahdi, the leading engineer of the Shiite popular crowd at Baghdad International Airport.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry appealed to citizens to leave Baghdad “if possible and safely.”

“Tension and violence have escalated in Baghdad and around the airport,” the ministry said in a statement. The situation cannot be predicted. ”

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