British insisted on leaving Mali because rebel candidates are attacking the northern city of Gao ten days after claiming capital
British citizens who are currently in Mali, in West Africa, are being urged to leave.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has changed its travel advice and encouraged everyone, except those who do business urgently, to leave.
The new advice follows an attempted coup last week and specifically warns those in the capital, Bamako, to be careful.
The new advice follows an attempted coup last week and specifically warns those in the capital, Bamako, to be careful
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "We advise against all trips to Mali and you must leave if you do not have to stay urgent."
It said that a curfew that was imposed between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am had been lifted, but added: & We continue to advise British nationals in Bamako to be careful and to stay away from the crowds and demonstrations when they travel through the city.
& # 39; There are reports that some stores have too little inventory and form long lines outside a number of banks.
Soldiers walk through the plundered palace of the President days after mutinous soldiers have claimed power in a coup d'etat, in Bamako
& # 39; Given the continuing instability in the country, and now that the airport has been reopened, you must leave if you do not have to stay urgent. & # 39;
Rebels have already attacked Mali & # 39; s strategic northern city of Gao, one day after they captured the provincial capital, Kidal.
The two cities are important prizes for the Tuareg rebels, who started a rebellion in January that was fueled by the flow of weapons from the fall of neighboring Libya, where many of the rebels were on the payroll of ex-Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi .
A curfew that was imposed between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM has now been canceled
If Gao falls, Timbuktu is the only other large city in northern Mali in the hands of the government.
A soldier in a military camp on the outskirts of Gao said he heard the sound of heavy weapons fired on Saturday.
A resident in Gao said he had seen the Tuareg fighters in the city and that there were short firefights in the city. He said that people had barricaded themselves at home.
Rebels have already attacked Mali & # 39; s strategic northern city of Gao, one day after they captured the provincial capital, Kidal
The soldier and the resident requested anonymity because they feared retribution.
Mali is now facing serious economic sanctions on the coup.
A representative of the military junta who seized control of Mali last week said the group is convinced that they will find a solution to the crisis after meeting Burkina Faso & # 39; s president.
Colonel Moussa Coulibaly told reporters after Saturday's meeting in Burkina Faso that the junta delegation left a sense of self-confidence & # 39; and we hope to reach a consensus in the shortest possible time on how to restore state institutions in a way that will be acceptable to the world
Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore is one of the five regional leaders who are actively involved in mediating a return to a constitutional order following the coup of March 21.
Compaore and the other presidents have given the junta a 72-hour deadline to give power back to civilians, which ends on Monday.
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