A number of U.S. embassies in the Middle East and Africa will not open their doors throughout the week due to intercepted communication concerning a potential terror plot.
Diplomatic facilities in
19 cities in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, as
well as other countries, will remain closed through August 10.
On Friday the U.S. Department of State issued a worldwide travel terror alert for Americans, citing "continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa." U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East and northern Africa were also shuttered Sunday.
decision to keep certain U.S. diplomatic posts closed throughout the
week was for an "abundance of caution" and to "protect our employees,
including local employees, and visitors to our facilities," State
Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told the Associated Press.