US diplomats banned from Yemen hotels over threats

The State Department has banned US diplomats and other government personnel from all western hotels in Yemen due to terrorist threats. Officials said they were not aware of any specific, credible threat to Americans in the Red Sea country but noted a continuing stream of threat information that has prompted the US Embassy in San'a to issue two terror-related warnings this week alone. "As a result of continuing threat information, the US Embassy has placed all Western hotels in Yemen off limits to embassy personnel and visitors," it said in a notice sent to Americans in the country on Friday. On Monday, the embassy said in a notice that it "continues to receive threats against embassies, western hotels, and western interests in Sana'a and Aden" and warned Americans to take additional security precautions. Neither notice offered details of the threats.