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Denmark tells travellers to avoid Muslim nations

Denmark issued a list of 14 Muslim countries which travellers should avoid following violent protests against Prophet's cartoons.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 15:14 IST

Denmark on Monday issued a list of 14 Muslim countries which travellers should avoid following violent protests against the publication of cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad.

The recommendation follows attacks by angry demonstrators at the weekend on Danish diplomatic missions in Syria and Lebanon.

The foreign ministry has already advised Danish nationals to leave those countries immediately.

The 14 countries listed as places to avoid are Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

"In recent days there have been demonstrations in many countries and attacks on Danish diplomatic representations in Syria and Lebanon. Developments have shown that the crisis could spread to other countries," the ministry said.

Danes should abstain from any non-essential travel to the countries on the list, the ministry said.

Those already in one of the countries should exercise "the greatest caution", the ministry warned, but it stopped short of asking them to come home.

Stig Elling, head of tour operator Star Tour, told the Ritzau news agency that more than 3,000 Danish tourists who had booked trips to Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco could be affected by the warning.

Around 2,500 Danes were planning to fly to Egypt in coming weeks, up to 700 to Tunisia and 200 to Morocco, he said.

"Tourism is now seriously affected by the dramatic developments in the affair of the Mohammed caricatures in the Middle East," Danish travel newsletter Take Off said.

The foreign ministry warning "probably means that most of the planned trips will be cancelled, and that charter planes will leave Denmark empty to bring tourists back home," the newsletter said on its website.

The Mohammed cartoons, first published in a Danish newspaper in September, have outraged Muslims who regard images of their prophet as blasphemous.