Sana’a/Ottawa, 4 August
Yemeni security forces were on high alert today around Western embassies in Sana’a which are to remain closed following a US warning of a major Al Qaida attack.
Special forces with armoured personnel carriers were stationed outside the US embassy and the missions of Britain, France and Germany, a correspondent reported. “We are already in a state of alert, but we have doubled our alertness,” a police officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Police and army checkpoints have been set up on all main streets around the capital, especially those leading to Western embassies. Britain, France and Germany announced that their missions in Sana’a would remain closed today and tomorrow ~ the first two days of the working week in Yemen.
Washington has closed its embassies across the Arab world after warning of the danger of a major Al Qaida attack in August that US lawmakers said involved the jihadist network’s Yemen affiliate, Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
Canada shuts Dhaka mission: Canada will shutter its mission in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka today, a spokesman said, citing security reasons amid global concern over terror threats.