Security at Hong Kong airport and several consulates will be stepped up, the police chief said yesterday. Commissioner of Police Tsang Yam-pui said the force would keep a close watch on developments in the Middle East, but emphasised that Hong Kong was not a target for a terrorist attack. 'Security at the airport, consulates and some institutions will be tightened. Guidelines [on handling terrorism] have been given to our staff and concerned organisations,' he said. The Security Bureau would issue guidelines to the public soon, but Hong Kong was a safe city and people could carry on with their normal routines, he said. A spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Airport Authority said it would keep in touch with the police and the Civil Aviation Department and take necessary precautions. Operations at the airport remained normal and no flights had been cancelled because of the threat of war. Airlines with close links to the Middle East and the United States were also continuing to operate normally. A spokeswoman for Emirates Airlines said no flights in or out of Hong Kong had been cancelled because of the tension. The Hong Kong government has advised people not to go to Iraq and neighbouring countries. The Security Bureau said there were no Hong Kong people in Iraq after the last batch of journalists from the city were evacuated yesterday. But 28 Hong Kong journalists are still covering war news from Jordan, Kuwait, Israel and Turkey. A spokeswoman for the bureau said Hong Kong people in the region could seek help from Chinese embassies or consulates. They can also contact the Immigration Department's round-the-clock hotline on 2829 3010. Lau Shan-ching, of the No War Coalition in Hong Kong, said it would be holding anti-war protests and a candlelight vigil at Chater Garden. Greenpeace campaigner Wing Wong said the group 'strongly reprimanded' the US and British governments for advocating war. Chong Chan-yau, executive director of Oxfam Hong Kong, said the organisation would not take funds from belligerent governments when supporting humanitarian work in Iraq.