British embassy in Yemen reopens

The British embassy in Sanaa reopened on Wednesday after being closed for three days due to the threat of an attack by Al-Qaeda, the mission announced in a statement.

"The British embassy has reopened, but public services remain closed (visa and consular services)," said the statement posted on its website.

"The situation is being assessed on a daily basis."

The US embassy in Yemen reopened on Tuesday after a two-day closure prompted by Al-Qaeda threats as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned unrest in the Arab country is a threat to global stability.

The US embassy said on its website that Yemeni security forces had addressed a "specific area of concern" in the north of the capital Sanaa on Monday, paving the way for Tuesday's reopening.

Warnings of a possible Al-Qaeda attack had led Washington to close its embassy in Sanaa the day before. The British and French authorities followed suit, while Japan suspended consular services at its embassy.

"Successful counter-terrorism operations conducted by the government of Yemen security forces January 4 north of the capital have addressed a specific area of concern, and have contributed to the embassy's decision to resume operations," the US embassy said in a statement.

It was apparently referring to a security operation Yemeni police conducted Monday in the area of Arhab, 40 kilometres north of Sanaa, where two suspected members of Al-Qaeda were killed and three others wounded.

 

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