U.S. Embassy in Yemen Closed to Public Due to Security Concerns

In this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, Yemenis protest in front of the U.S. Embassy about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Sanaa, Yemen.

Photographer: Hani Mohammed/AP Photo

The State Department closed its embassy in Yemen to the public on Monday.

"Due to the recent resignation of the Yemeni president, prime minister, and cabinet, and the ongoing security concerns, the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a is unable to provide routine consular services and will have very limited ability to assist with emergency cases involving U.S. citizens," the State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council said in a statement.

In a travel warning issued yesterday, U.S. citizens were urged to "make plans to depart immediately." 

The Associated Press notes that the decision came just hours after an American drone strike killed three members of al-Qaeda.

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