The State Department on Tuesday ordered the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, amid intelligence reports about a possible al Qaeda attack on American missions abroad.

In a travel warning posted on the State website, the department ordered the departure of all “non-emergency” U.S. personnel from the country “due to the continued potential for terrorist attacks.”

“U.S. citizens currently in Yemen should depart. As staff levels at the Embassy are restricted, our ability to assist U.S. citizens in an emergency and provide routine consular services remains limited and may be further constrained by the fluid security situation,” said State.

“The security threat level in Yemen is extremely high,” the note warned.

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