SANAA (AFP/Reuters): The British embassy in Yemen reopened on Sunday, 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 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.
Yemen, one of the poorest Arab countries, is the base for Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most active branches of the network founded by Osama bin Laden, and militants have launched attacks from there against the West.
Washington also evacuated diplomatic personnel from Yemen on August 6 because of a terrorism threat. France and Norway closed their embassies in Sanaa as well.
The move followed the unprecedented closure of US diplomatic missions across the Middle East and North Africa in early August after a warning of a possible militant attack in the region. It reopened them a few days later except for the embassy in Sanaa.