US warns American citizens in Gulf against potential terror attacks

The US embassies in Dubai (UAE) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) have alerted US citizens in both countries against potential terror attacks in the Gulf region.

In a statement, US mission in Dubai reports that terrorist groups could organize attacks against US citizens in the region are being monitored.

The embassy did not name the terrorist groups.

The US embassy in Riyadh also issued warning to American citizens in the Gulf country about the possibility of missile or drone attacks and also called on them to stay alert.

Saudi Arabia has been over the past years the target of missile attacks by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The kingdom and its ally the UAE have been leading since 2015 an international force in Yemen trying to restore the authority of President Mansour Hadi flashed out of capital Sana’a by the Iran-backed group.

On Thursday a guard was attacked outside the French consulate in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. A suspect was arrested and the guard taken to hospital.

On the same day, a knife attack carried out at a church in French city of Nice left three people dead. The attacker, a male suspect, of Tunisian origins, was shot and arrested by the Police.

The attacks come after a French philosophy teacher was beheaded by an islamist radical of Chechen origins on October 16 triggering a wave of condemnation as well as a series of provocations by a range of institutional and media actors which republished the offensive cartoons of the prophet.

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