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Tight security at Yemen airport as U.S. issues get out warning

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 - 00:46

Aug. 6 - Tanks and armed guards could be seen around Yemen's airport in Sanaa following a U.S. order for staff to evacuate due to a security warning. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Sanaa airport in Yemen on Tuesday (August 6) was under tight security as people were seen to arrive at the departure hall after the United States told its citizens in the country to leave immediately. It following warnings of potential attacks that have have pushed Washington to shut diplomatic missions across the Middle East. The U.S. Air Force also on Tuesday flew some American personnel out of Sanaa, Yemen, the Pentagon said, as the United States told its citizens to leave the country and ordered the evacuation of non-essential government staff because of a terror threat. "In response to a request from the U.S. State Department, early this morning the U.S. Air Force transported personnel out of Sanaa, Yemen, as part of a reduction in emergency personnel," Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a statement. He did not specify which types of personnel were involved or where they were taken. "The U.S. Department of Defense continues to have personnel on the ground in Yemen to support the U.S. State Department and monitor the security situation," the statement said. Britain was also withdrawing embassy staff from Yemen.

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Tight security at Yemen airport as U.S. issues get out warning

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 - 00:46