06 Mar '11, 11am

US warns citizens against travel to Yemen

US warns citizens against travel to Yemen

WASHINGTON : The US government warned Americans on Sunday against travelling to Yemen and authorised the voluntary departure from the country of family members and non-essential embassy staff. "The Department urges US citizens not to travel to Yemen," the State Department said in a travel advisory. "US citizens currently in Yemen should consider departing Yemen," the advisory added. The warning came after suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed four soldiers from Yemen's elite Republican Guard in an attack east of the capital Sanaa earlier Sunday. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the soldiers as they passed in a truck near Marib, about 170 kilometres (110 miles) east of Sanaa, a Yemeni official said. On February 22, five people, including three soldiers, were killed in a gunfight with Al-Qaeda militants in Marib, the defence ministry said. In separate attacks in January, suspec...

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