|August 2, 2013|
US Embassies to Close Sunday Over Security Alerts
The United States is closing an unspecified number of Embassies in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia this Sunday over security concerns. The Department of State has instructed certain US Embassies and Consulates to close or suspend operations out of caution and concern for employees and others who may be visiting the buildings. A spokesperson for the Department of State said the Embassies will close on Sunday, with an assessment afterwards on whether to reopen them – with the possibility of remaining closed for additional days.
ABC News is reporting the affected Embassies are located in (but not limited to): Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Consulate closures include: Saudi Arabia, Dubai.
Travel One recommends U.S. citizens register their travel plans with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website. For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website at travel.state.gov where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found.
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