US closes missions in the UAE due to ''specific threat''
The American Embassy and the consular office in the United Arab Emirates closed temporarily because of a "specific threat" against the embassy received Wednesday morning, a U.S. spokeswoman stated.
Hilary Olsin-Windecker, spokeswoman for the American Embassy in Abu Dhabi, said "The embassy in Abu Dhabi and consulate in Dubai have temporarily suspended operation on Wednesday, March 24, in light of a specific threat to the embassy in Abu Dhabi," Olsin-Windecker said, reading a statement. She said the threat was received early Wednesday morning, The AP reported.
She added the security situation will be reviewed on Thursday and Friday, when the U.S. offices in the Emirates are regularly closed, to determine whether they will reopen on Saturday.
"We have no specific threat information against the American community in the UAE," Olsin-Windecker added.
It should be noted the State Department has issued worldwide and Middle East-North Africa cautions following the Israeli killing Monday of Hamas founder, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in the Gaza Strip. (Albawaba.com)
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