Sunday, September 21, 2008

British embassy in Yemen shut until security stepped up

SANAA (AFP) — The British embassy in Sanaa has been closed until security at the building has been improved in the wake of a rebel attack on the US mission, which killed 16 people.

"The embassy has closed its doors until further notice and has suspended all the services that it provides," a source, who requested anonymity, told AFP.

A British foreign office spokeswoman in London said: "We have temporarily suspended operations at our embassy until additional security measures are put in place."

The decision comes as the Yemeni authorities tighten security around foreign diplomatic facilities after an Al-Qaeda-linked group, the Organisation of Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack and threatened more.

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