US, UK evacuating their nationals from Yemen amid Qaeda threat

News4u-News Desk- The US on Tuesday evacuated nearly 90 Americans from Yemen, while the UK has withdrawn all diplomatic staff in the country amid a worldwide terror alert linked to electronic intercepts from Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, ordering a major attack since 9/11.
The State Department said it had pulled all non-essential personnel from Yemen, and the Pentagon said the US Air Force had flown staffers out.

Two US military planes carrying as many as 90 Americans from Yemen were en route to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, CNN reported.

“In response to a request from the US State Department, early this morning the US Air Force transported personnel out of Sana’a, Yemen, as part of a reduction in emergency personnel,” Pentagon press secretary George Little said.

“The US Department of Defence continues to have personnel on the ground in Yemen to support the US State Department and monitor the security situation,” Little said.

Meanwhile, the British government said it flew the embassy staff in Sanaa back to London overnight.

“Due to increased security concerns, all staff in our Yemen embassy have been temporarily withdrawn, and the embassy will remain closed until staff are able to return,” the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) had already announced the closure of its embassy in Sanaa until the end of the festival of Eid amid the global terror alert.


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