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美国暂时关闭驻也门使馆

2014-05-09    来源:新华网    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

U.S. embassy in Yemen closed to public

The U.S. embassy in Yemen is closed to the public for the time being in response to a string of attacks on foreign diplomats in the past two months, the State Department said on Wednesday.

"Due to recent attacks against Western interests in Yemen, we have temporarily suspended operations of our embassy in Sanaa to the public," spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said in a statement, describing the move as a "precautionary step."

Two French diplomats were killed and another injured on Monday in an al-Qaida assault in the downtown of Sanaa, Yemen's capital, becoming the latest casualties in the attacks on foreigners over the past two months.

At least six foreigners have been kidnapped in Sanaa over the period, including two British nationals and a German. Last week, suspected al-Qaida gunmen fired at and injured a German diplomat in the city after he resisted the kidnapping attempt.

Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been holding an Iranian diplomat since July last year and a Saudi diplomat since May 2012.

The Yemeni government has waged a wide-scale assault on al- Qaida strongholds in the country's southern territories since last week, killing scores of militants. The group has vowed to hit back.

"We continue to evaluate the security situation every day, and we will reopen the embassy to the public once it is deemed appropriate," Psaki said.

"The United States remains firmly committed to supporting Yemen as it works to achieve meaningful reform through its ongoing transition process and to enhance security for the Yemeni people, " she added.

The Obama administration has stepped up drone strikes on the AQAP for the past two years.

The U.S. embassy in Sanaa was last closed for about two weeks in August last year due to terrorism threats, along with some two dozens of other American diplomatic missions across the Middle East and North Africa.

相关新闻:美国国务院发言人普萨基7日宣布,鉴近期不断发生针对外国外交官的袭击事件,美国暂时关闭驻也门大使馆。

普萨基在声明中把此举称作“预防举措”。她说,美方会继续对也门安全局势作出评估,并将在适当时候向公众重新开放使馆。政府将继续支持也门政府在过渡进程中推行的“有意义的改革”和加强安全的举措。

也门境内近期频繁发生针对西方人的绑架和袭击事件。过去两个月,至少6名外交官在也门首都萨那遭绑架,其中包括两名英国人和一名德国人。

本月5日,两名法国外交官在萨那市中心遭“基地”组织武装人员袭击身亡,另外一名外交官受伤。

上周,武装分子试图绑架一名德国外交官失败后朝其开枪,导致这名外交官受伤。

美国政府过去两年来增加了使用无人机袭击“基地”组织阿拉伯半岛分支的频率。

也门政府自上周开始向该组织在也门南部地区的据点发起大规模进攻,打死数十名武装人员。该组织声称将予以回击。

因担心“基地”组织阿拉伯半岛分支可能发动恐怖袭击,美国曾于去年8月暂时关闭包括驻也门使馆在内的20多个驻外使领馆。(新华网)



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