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US Embassy in Sana’a will extend closure through May 15

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United States Embassy, Sanaa, Yemen

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Closed Through May 15,2014.

Due to recent attacks against Western interests in Yemen, the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a will remain closed for consular services through 15,2014. The Department has been apprised of information that, out of an abundance of caution and case for our employees and other who may be visiting the Embassy, indicates we should institute these precautionary steps, it is possible we may have additional days of closing as well, depending on our analysis.

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities and civil unrest. The Department urges U.S. citizens not to travel to Yemen. U.S. citizens currently in Yemen should depart. The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a remains a restricted staffing post. As staff level at the Embassy are restricted , our ability to assist U.S. citizens in an emergency and provide routine consular services remain limited. U.S. government employees are restricted in their movements and cannot travel outside of Sana’a. In addition, movements within Sana’a are severely restricted by and may be further constrained by the fluid security situation.

U.S. citizens in Yemen remain vulnerable to kidnappings and terrorist attacks, especially when in transit to and from residences or workplaces. U.S. citizens should exercise caution and take prudent security measures in all areas, especially those areas frequently by Westerners. All U.S. citizens are reminded to vary their routes and times for all travel, maintain a high level of vigilance, keep a low profile, lock car windows and doors, carry a cell phone at all times, and report suspicious incidents to the Embassy.

The U.S. Embassy in Yemen was closed earlier this week due to a “credible” threat, U.S. officials confirm to Fox News.

A senior U.S. official said the embassy in Sana’a was closed two days ago and remains closed while “the threat is assessed.” Another official said the embassy will re-open “when appropriate.”

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Wednesday the closure of the embassy is a precautionary measure implemented due to concerns over recent attacks against Western interests in the Yemen.

“The United States remains firmly committed to supporting Yemen as it works to achieve meaningful reform through its ongoing transition process and to enhance security for the Yemeni people,” she said.