U.S. warns against travel to Yemen [Archives:2003/662/Front Page]

August 25 2003

WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday advised its citizens against travel to Yemen, warning that al Qaeda was trying to regroup there and that Americans could be targeted for attack.
The U.S. State Department urged Americans to defer nonessential travel to Yemen and advised those who are there to register at the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.
“The security threat to all U.S. citizens in Yemen remains high due to continuing efforts by al Qaeda to reconstitute an effective operating base. This could lead to possible attacks by extremist individuals or groups against U.S. citizens, facilities, businesses and perceived interests,” the State Department said in a travel warning.
The State Department said U.S. citizens in Yemen should avoid crowds, keep a low profile and be particularly cautious at public facilities frequented by foreigners.
In May, the State Department ordered the departure of nonemergency workers and family members at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, citing credible reports that terrorists had planned attacks against U.S. interests in Yemen. It also advised other U.S. citizens in Yemen to consider leaving.