Venezuela unrest: Families of U.K. diplomats withdrawn after opposition arrests

CARACAS – Political unrest has forced withdrawal of families of the United Kingdom diplomatic staff in Venezuela from the South America country.

The Foreign Office said Wednesday the move was temporary and a precautionary measure after protests in the country, the BBC reported.

A controversial vote on Sunday for a constitutional assembly was held by President Nicolas Maduro and 10 people were killed during clashes.

Two opposition leaders who boycotted the election were put in a military prison on Tuesday.

The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice, advising against all but essential travel to the country because of “ongoing unrest and instability”.

It said that British people in Venezuela should consider leaving on commercial flights as there was a “risk of significant disruption to transport links in and out of the country”.

The advice added: “If the political situation worsens, the British embassy may be limited in the assistance that it can provide.”