The U.S. embassy in Burundi says some 100 university students who had sought refuge at the embassy parking lot amid the political turmoil in the country have left.

The embassy in a statement Friday said the students left Thursday night after being at the embassy for some hours and speaking with the ambassador there, Dawn Liberi. The embassy said the students relocated to a center run by a religious entity.

Burundian National Police had broken down the students' camp Thursday that was adjacent to the embassy. The students had been staying there since April 30 when their university was closed because of political turmoil.

Burundi has experienced weeks of unrest since the ruling party's April 26th announcement that President Pierre Nkurunziza will run for a third term in office.