Fearing of attack: U.S. embassy in Yemen temporarily closed
The U.S. Embassy in Yemen on Monday warned Americans living there of a possible imminent assault, the latest in a string of such alerts since Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
"The Embassy has received information that a terrorist attack against U.S. interests in Yemen might occur on or about April 23, 2002," the embassy said." While there are no details as to the possible target in Yemen, the Embassy is taking a number of additional security measures," it added.
The embassy said it was temporarily suspending immigrant visa and routine citizen services to the public on Tuesday and that it would only be open for emergency citizen services.
The embassy has repeatedly warned Americans to avoid areas where pro-Palestinian protests were taking place in the capital, Sanaa, and itself became a target of anti-American sentiment March 15 when a Yemeni man threw two devices at the embassy wall that exploded but caused little damage.
The United States believes that followers of Osama bin Laden are in hiding in remote parts of Yemen, where the U.S. destroyer Cole was attacked in 2000.
The embassy urged Americans to be vigilant, keep a low profile, vary routes and times of travel, avoid large crowds and demonstrations and lock their doors and shut their windows while driving. (Albawaba.com)