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US to close Djibouti embassy to public for security review

March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it will temporarily close the U.S. Embassy in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti to the public for the rest of this week for a security review in light of ongoing threats.

The department said Wednesday that the embassy will be closed Thursday and will remain shut through Friday and Saturday’s observed weekend before reopening Sunday. It did not specify the nature or credibility of any threat to the embassy or other U.S. interests in the country.

Djibouti is home to the only U.S. military base in Africa and is located directly across the southern tip of the Red Sea from Yemen, which has been in the midst of chaos since Shiite rebels toppled the government there last month.

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