WW3: Britons in this country urged to leave immediately as FCO issue new travel warning

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WW3: The Iranian crisis escalated after the USA killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani (Image: Getty Images)

World War Three is alarmingly seeming more likely than ever as Iran/USA tensions boil. The Iranian crisis escalated after the USA killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike. Iran threatened “severe revenge” in response and on Tuesday Tehran fired ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases home to American troops.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard went on to warn the USA and its allies against responding militarily to any Iranian retaliation for the assassination of Soleimani.

The Guard issued the warning via a statement: “We are warning all American allies, who gave their bases to its terrorist army, that any territory that is the starting point of aggressive acts against Iran will be targeted,” reported Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.

As tensions rise, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have updated their travel advice to affected areas.

A number of countries in the Middle East now come with travel warnings, including Dubai, Turkey and Egypt.

READ MORE: US-Iran war: Trump’s ex-aide confirms war with Tehran in huge warning

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WW3: Iran threatened “severe revenge” in response to the death of the general (Image: Getty Images)

Today, the FCO issued an urgent warning to Britons in Iran and urged them to return home.

They now warn against travelling to the country. The FCO said: “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to Iran.

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“Additionally, the FCO advise against all air travel to, from and within Iran. If you’re in Iran, you should review your departure options and consider leaving the country.

“There are heightened tensions in the region. On 8 January 2020, Iran fired missiles against two military bases in Iraq containing US personnel.

“Tensions between Iran and other countries could escalate rapidly. Anger inside Iran is high, following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike in Baghdad on 3 January.

“There is a possibility of an increased threat against Western interests and the security situation could worsen with little warning.”

To add to the escalating tensions, a Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed moments after it left Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran at 6.10am local time (2.40am GMT) on Wednesday, bound for the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. There were 176 passengers on board flight PS752, all of whom died.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has since said he has “a body of information” that shows Iran is to blame for the crash.

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WW3: A Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed on Wednesday (Image: Getty Images)

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However, Iran’s government spokesperson Ali Rabiei has since denied the country is responsible for the crash.

He said reports that a missile hit the Ukrainian plane is a “psychological warfare” against Tehran.

The FCO said of the tragedy: “There is uncertainty surrounding the crash on 8 January of a Ukrainian International Airlines flight shortly after take-off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran.

“If you decide to travel by air against FCO advice, contact your airline or travel company for the latest information before travelling.

“Flight schedules may be subject to cancellation at short notice. There are alternative land and sea-based routes to leave Iran.”

The Foreign Office issued advice to anyone still in Iran at this time. “In the event of a sudden deterioration in the security station, there may be limits to the assistance the FCO can provide, depending on the security and transport situation,” said the FCO.

“You should not assume that the FCO will be able to provide assistance to leave the country.

“If you decide to remain in Iran, you should maintain a low profile and keep up to date with developments, including via this travel advice.

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“Avoid any rallies, marches and processions, keep away from military sites and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.”


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