US issues travel alert for Uighur region

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for an Uighur region, East Turkistan following needle-attacks protests.

US issues travel alert for Uighur region

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for an Uighur region, East Turkistan following needle-attacks protests.

The upheaval has been prompted by mysterious needle stabs or pricks reported by more than 600 people in west of China over the past two weeks, the China Daily said on Friday.

"U.S. citizens are advised to carefully consider travel to the Xinjiang Uighur region at this time," the department said in a statement e-mailed on Friday that noted "safety and security concerns" in the area, especially the city of Urumqi.

Uighurs are a Turkic-speaking Muslim people native to the energy-rich region.

"The embassy is closely monitoring the situation in Xinjiang. U.S. citizens in Xinjiang, and especially in Urumqi and other regional cities, are advised to avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place," the State Department said.

Uighur demonstrators took the streets in Urumqi on July 5 to protest against Han Chineses' attacks on Uighurs workers at a factory in south China in June which left two Uighurs dead. Hans in Urumqi sought bloody revenge two days later.

World Uighur Congress said that near 800 Uigurs were killed during a week-violence after Han Chineses attacks and following intervention of China forces. The China governmnet put the death toll 197.

Reuters
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