U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia (Photo: US State Department

The Gambia government has unexpectedly withdrawn police protection at the United States Embassy in Banjul, forcing the mission to close all non-essential services on Thursday, June 9.

The news — contained in a security alert message for United States citizens — came at a time when the Jammeh government has come under intense pressure for its excessive use of force on peaceful opposition protesters. It wasn’t clear why the host country has abruptly withdrawn police protection at the US Embassy.

Read below an alert message dispatched to American citizens in the Gambia.

United States Embassy Banjul, The Gambia

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Embassy Closure on Thursday, June 9

The U.S. Embassy in Banjul is closed for all non-essential services on Thursday, June 9, because The Gambian government has unexpectedly withdrawn police protection.

U.S. Embassy Banjul will continue to closely monitor the situation, and will keep you informed as events unfold.

For further information:

See the State Department’s travel website for theWorldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for The Gambia

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bajul, located at 92 Kairaba Avenue, Fajara, Banjul, at +(220) 439-2856 is open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  After hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(220) 437-5270.

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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