WASHINGTON, - The US State Department urged American citizens on Saturday to leave the Tunisian capital, Tunis, via commercial flights and warned its citizens of the risks of traveling to Sudan, following anti-American protests there.

"The Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency US government personnel from Tunisia, following the attack on the US Embassy in Tunis," the department said in a statement. "The airport in Tunis is open and US citizens are encouraged to depart by commercial air."

The State Department also urged US citizens to avoid travel to Darfur, the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan regions of Sudan.

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