Monday, July 18, 2016

Mideast countries warn citizens on U.S. travel amid protests

July 10, 2016

Two Mideast countries are warning citizens traveling in the United States to be careful around protests over police shootings. There has also been a reported uptick in violence against Muslims throughout the country as the issue of Muslims in the U.S. takes center stage during the 2016 presidential race.


Last week, the American ambassador to the United Arab Emirates expressed regret over the handcuffing of an Emirati man wearing traditional garments in Ohio over terrorism fears.

Ambassador Barbara Leaf said in a Facebook post on Monday that Emirati national Ahmed al-Menhali endured an "unfortunate incident" when police detained and searched him at gunpoint last week after a hotel clerk raised suspicions he could have links to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

He was wearing a traditional white kandura, or ankle-length robe, and headscarf at the hotel.

Officials in the Cleveland suburb of Avon have apologized to the man. The Emirates responded to the incident by summoning U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Ethan Goldrich and warning its citizens to avoid wearing traditional garments when traveling abroad.

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