British embassy in Yemen reopens after terror alert

Agence France-Presse
"We are open as normal," the British ambassador to Yemen, Jane Marriott, wrote on her Twitter account on Sunday

STANDING GUARD. Yemeni security forces stand guard outside the British embassy in Sanaa during its re-opening on August 18, 2013 after it was closed for two weeks for security reasons. Photo by AFP/ Mohammed Huwais

SANAA, Yemen – The British embassy in Yemen reopened on Sunday, August 18, two weeks after closing along with US and other Western missions over a terror alert, diplomats said.

“We are open as normal,” the British ambassador to Yemen, Jane Marriott, wrote on her Twitter account on Sunday, the first day of the week in Yemen.

Marriott announced on Thursday, August 15, that she had returned to Sanaa and that the embassy would be opening within days.

Britain was among several Western countries which closed their embassies on August 4 following US warnings of an Al-Qaeda attack. A few days later it withdrew all diplomatic staff.

The US embassy in Sanaa remains closed, although US missions elsewhere which closed due to the alert have reopened.

The French embassy also continues to be shuttered to the public, according to its website. – Rappler.com