The government, citing dangers from tensions across the globe, issued travel warnings Saturday to Americans in the Middle East, South Asia, North Africa, the Israeli-occupied territories and Yugoslavia.

Because of increased tensions from the 2-month-old Persian Gulf crisis, the State Department said demonstrations may pose a danger to U.S. citizens in Middle Eastern nations, North Africa and South Asia."Americans are urged to keep in mind the possibility of sudden changes in the security situation when making travel plans for these areas," the department said in a statement.

"Travelers and resident Americans throughout the region should exercise caution."