UK reopens embassy in Yemen

The British Embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa has reopened after being closed for 12 days because of security concerns.

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British Embassy in Yemen to reopen after threat closure

The British Embassy in Yemen will reopen today after being closed for 12 days because of security concerns.

The UK's ambassador to the Arab country, Jane Marriott, confirmed the reopening in the capital Sanaa in a tweet yesterday:

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British Embassy #Yemen open as normal from Sunday 18 August. Apologies for the brief hiatus.

The Foreign Office had withdrawn all staff from the embassy due to a high threat of kidnapping.

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UK hopes to reopen embassy in Yemen

The UK hopes to reopen its embassy in Yemen "in the next couple of days", the UK's ambassador said as she arrived back in the country after being evacuated amid security fears.

All staff based in the capital Sana'a were temporarily brought home due to "increased security concerns" after a terror alert sparked by intercepted messages between the head of al-Qaeda and his deputy in the country about a major attack.

The British embassy in Sana'a, Yemen. Credit: Reuters

A number of US embassies across the Middle East and North Africa were also closed after the secret plans discussed by al Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and Nasser al-Wahishi were picked up by US intelligence officials.

The Foreign Office advises UK nationals to avoid the country.

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Closure of British embassy in Yemen extended

The British embassy in Yemen will remain closed until the end of the Muslim festival of Eid amid "continuing security concerns", the Foreign Office said.

The temporary closure of the embassy in the Yemeni capital Sana'a has been extended until later this week, as US officials said a number of its embassies in north Africa and the Middle East would remain shut until Saturday over a possible militant threat.

The British embassy in Sanaa, Yemen. Credit: Reuters

UK authorities have not yet specified the nature of the threat which led to the decision to close the embassy. However, British nationals have been warned there is a "high threat" from terrorism in the Middle Eastern country.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "Due to continuing security concerns the British embassy in Yemen will remain closed until the end of Eid."

The exact date that the embassy will reopen has not been announced, although the festival is due to finish on Thursday.

British embassy in Yemen shut amid security alert

The British Embassy in Yemen has been closed for two days, following warnings of a possible terrorism attack on western targets. 21 American Embassies have also been shut across the Middle East and North Africa.

Read: UK shuts embassy as Britons urged to leave Yemen

The Foreign Office is urging any British nationals in Yemen to leave immediately. ITV News Reporter Nick Thatcher reports

Read: UK travel advice changed for eight Middle East countries

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UK shuts embassy as Britons urged to leave Yemen

The British embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

Britons are still being strongly urged to leave Yemen by the Foreign Office as the two-day closure of the UK's embassy in the capital Sanaa begins.

Increased security concerns have also seen France and Germany shut their embassies in the country.

The US has today closed 21 embassies and consulates across the Middle East and North Africa following the interception of apparent al-Qaeda terror plot messages.

Read: US chiefs review al-Qaeda threat response

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