US Evacuates Children of US Gov’t Personnel From Sri Lanka

  27 April 2019    Read: 1158
US Evacuates Children of US Gov’t Personnel From Sri Lanka

The US Department of State ordered the departure of all school-age family members of US government employees from Sri Lanka as it issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for American citizens when visiting the country, Sputnik reports. 

"On April 26, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of all school-age family members of US government employees in Kindergarten through 12th grade. The Department also authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency US government employees and family members", the statement reads.

The department highlighted that the US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in Sri Lanka due to the security environment.

"Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, hospitals, and other public areas", the statement reads.

The Level 3 Travel Advisory recommends American citizens reconsider traveling to a country "due to serious risks to safety and security."

Earlier, the US Embassy in Sri Lanka issued a statement warning about the possibility of more terror attacks over the upcoming weekend.


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