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Britons Advised to Leave Yemen

November 15, 2002

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LONDON (AP) _ Citing a ``heightened″ terrorist threat, the Foreign Office advised Britons on Friday not to travel to Yemen and told those already there to consider leaving.

The government department declined to give details of the nature of the threat or say whether it was general or specific.

In its last advice on Yemen, issued Nov. 8, the Foreign Office warned against nonessential travel to the country. There are believed to be about 300 Britons in Yemen.

Posting revised travel advice on its Web site Friday, the Foreign Office said, ``In view of the heightened threat of terrorism against Western interests in Yemen, we have decided to amend our travel advice.

``We now advise: against all travel to Yemen; that all British nationals in Yemen should consider leaving.″

The attack on a French oil tanker near Yemen _ as well as a U.S. strike on a car carrying suspected terrorists in Yemen _ are described by some American law enforcement officials as actions that point to an increased threat.

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