US Embassy Sana’a Closes Over Al Qaeda Threats

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The US Embassy in Yemen has released the following statement on its temporary closure:

The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a is closed today, January 3, 2010, in response to ongoing threats by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack American interests in Yemen.
On December 31, the U.S. Embassy sent a warden message to Americans citizens in Yemen to remind them of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against American citizens and interests throughout the world.

Excerpt from the December 31 Security Warden Message:
“The U.S. Embassy in Yemen encourages U.S. citizens to follow good security practices and maintain situational awareness. Following the attempted attack aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) publicly claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that it was in response to American interference in Yemen. In the same statement, the group made threats against Westerners working in embassies and elsewhere, characterizing them as “unbelievers” and “crusaders.” The U.S. Embassy would like to take this opportunity to remind Americans of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against American citizens and interests throughout the world and urge U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance.”
The embassy is normally open from Saturday through Wednesday.  For updates on the embassy’s warden message, check out the Citizen Services page here.
Updated: January 4

The US Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen remains closed today, Monday, January 4, 2010, in response to ongoing threats by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack American interests in Yemen.  According to the embassy “all American Citizens Services and visa appointments for both yesterday and today have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.”  Check out the Citizen Services page for updates here.

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