Britain to reopen Yemen embassy in 'the next couple of days' after terror alert

A policeman looks into a car at a checkpoint at one of the entrances to the British embassy in Sanaa on Aug 14, 2013. The British embassy in Yemen will be open in the "next couple of days", the ambassador said on Thursday, Aug 15, 2013, as she return
A policeman looks into a car at a checkpoint at one of the entrances to the British embassy in Sanaa on Aug 14, 2013. The British embassy in Yemen will be open in the "next couple of days", the ambassador said on Thursday, Aug 15, 2013, as she returned to the country following a terror alert. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - The British embassy in Yemen will be open in the "next couple of days", the ambassador said on Thursday as she returned to the country following a terror alert.

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.

Ambassador Jane Marriott announced on Twitter: "Hello Yemen. It's great to be back... Looking to reopen the embassy in the next couple of days. Watch this space."

The alert was reportedly linked to the interception of communications between Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and the leader of the group's Yemen-based affiliate, Nasser al-Wuhayshi.