Bahamas travel bans,likes travel center
Bahamas is set to tighten travel restrictions for travelers after the deadly attack on the beachfront resort town of Sousse, officials said Wednesday.
The U.S. State Department has said it will suspend U.N. travel and other financial aid to the country as of Sunday, a day after a suicide bomber killed 35 people at the resort.
The travel restrictions are part of a wider crackdown on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), which has declared a caliphate in the Middle East and north Africa, including in the tiny West African nation.
The Islamic State, which has captured vast swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, is also in charge of the world’s second-largest oil reserves, with a market value of $2.5 trillion, according to Bloomberg.
The ban comes as a Saudi-led coalition continues bombing ISIL-held territory in Yemen, while U.K.-based oil firm BP announced it would suspend drilling in the country.
The ban will come into effect after a review of the country’s oil reserves.
“We are working to strengthen our ability to respond to any potential threats to our security and the safety of our citizens, including threats to the oil and gas industry,” U.A.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Manna said in a statement.
“We also expect that the restrictions on foreign travel will be reviewed as part of our review of our oil and natural gas sector.
The country is already in a state of heightened security following the terrorist attacks in Paris and we want to continue to strengthen it.”
Bahamas, a wealthy, largely Muslim nation of about 8 million, has a history of religious intolerance.
Its government has also been criticized for its crackdown on dissent in recent years, including on social media, where authorities have used new measures to block some sites, including Facebook and Twitter, that do not comply with government guidelines.