"Given that a number of our embassies and consulates were going to be closed in accordance with local custom and practice for the bulk of the week for Eid celebration at the end of Ramzan and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to extend closure of several embassies and consulates, including a small number of additional posts," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said.
    
She asserted that this was not an indication of a new threat stream, but merely an indication of US commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect its employees, including local employees, and visitors to its facilities, she said.
    
"Posts in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis are instructed to close for normal operations today through Saturday, August 10," Psaki said.
    
The posts in Dhaka, Algiers, Nouakchott, Kabul, Herat, Mazar el Sharif, Baghdad, Basrah, and Erbil, that normally remain open on Sunday but were closed yesterday, are authorized to reopen for normal operations on Monday, the spokesperson said.
    
Meanwhile, a news channel said that an intercepted message among senior al-Qaeda operatives in the last several days raised alarm bells which led to the closing of embassies and consulates across the Middle East and North Africa on Sunday.

(Agencies)

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