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US, British Embassies in Yemen Concerned over Possible Attacks

The United States and Britain are reducing operations at their embassies in Yemen due to concern of possible attacks by extremists.

The U.S. State Department said in a statement released Friday it has authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and diplomats' families from its embassy in Sanaa. Officials also warned Americans against travel in Yemen.

Britain's Foreign Ministry said it was suspending all operations at its embassy after receiving what it called a credible security threat.

The moves follow clashes this week between Yemeni forces and Shi'ite rebels that killed at least 70 people.

The fighting broke out after government efforts to start talks failed.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.