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US issues travel alert for Xinjiang in China

world Updated: Jul 10, 2009 07:46 IST

Following days of violence in the city of Urumqi in the Xinjiang province of China, the United States has advised its nationals to defer their travel plan to that part of the country.

"Americans planning a trip to Xinjiang are advised to defer travel to the region at this time," said a travel alert issued by the State Department.

The advisory comes after ethnic violence erupted in Urumqi on July 5. Unrest continued in the following days, with the Chinese state media reporting over 150 deaths and more than one thousand injured.

"There is a significant increased security presence in Urumqi and its environs; sporadic outbreaks of violence may still occur," the State Department said.

"There are no indications that this violence is directed at US citizens; however, Americans in Urumqi and throughout Xinjiang are advised to avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place," it said.

"US citizens in Urumqi should remain indoors and avoid unnecessary movement within the city," the travel alert said.