US urges citizens to leave Yemen 'immediately'
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US State Department has ordered all non-essential staff out of Yemen and told Americans to leave the country "immediately" over terrorism concerns.
The latest warning comes after the closure of some two dozen US missions across the Middle East and Africa and reports of intercepted messages from Al-Qaeda's top leader ordering its Yemen franchise to carry out an attack.
"The US Department of State warns US citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities and civil unrest," it said in a statement.
"The Department urges US citizens to defer travel to Yemen and those US citizens currently living in Yemen to depart immediately."