US embassies to be closed on Sunday

Harf declined to detail the "security considerations" or name the embassies and consulates that would be closed, but a senior State Department official told reporters later they were those that would normally have been open on Sunday.

US embassies to be closed on Sunday

World Bulletin/News Desk

U.S. embassies that would normally be open this Sunday - including those in Abu Dhabi, Baghdad and Cairo - will be closed that day because of unspecified security concerns, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

CBS News reported that the embassy closings were tied to U.S. intelligence about a plot against U.S. diplomatic posts which are. CBS said the intelligence did not mention a specific location.

Harf declined to detail the "security considerations" or name the embassies and consulates that would be closed, but a senior State Department official told reporters later they were those that would normally have been open on Sunday.

CBS News said U.S. embassies would also be closed in Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

The US embassy in Cairo has said it will be closed on Sunday, amid reports about a forcible dispersion of sit-ins staged by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

"It is possible we may have additional days of closings as well, depending on our analysis," the embassy said in a statement on its official website.

Pro-Morsi demonstrators plan mass demonstrations on Friday to denounce what they call a "military coup" against the elected president and demand his reinstatement.

The embassy warned US citizens to avoid protests and marches planned for Friday, as well as ongoing pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo.

The US Department of State had announced on Thursday that some US embassies across the world that would normally be open this Sunday will be closed due to unspecified security concerns.

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told a daily press meeting, "the Department of State has instructed certain US embassies and consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4th."

"Security considerations have led us to take this precautionary step," said Harf without giving any details in regards to what caused those considerations.

Harf did not give details about which embassies and consulates would be closed on August 4, yet an official from the State Department noted that those embassies and consulates were the ones which would usually be open on Sundays.

Some US missions in the Muslim world are usually open on Sundays.

The Egyptian government sees sit-ins staged by Morsi supporters in Rab'a al-Adaweya Square in eastern Cairo and Giza's Nahda Square as a "threat" to Egypt's national security.

On Thursday, the Interior Ministry – which controls Egypt's police apparatus – urged Morsi supporters in the two squares to leave their sit-ins "quickly" in order to ensure their safety.

The ministry pledged "a safe exit and full protection to whoever complies with the call to preserve the stability and safety of the homeland."

Ever since his removal, supporters of the deposed president have been holding daily mass demonstrations and sit-ins nationwide to demand his reinstatement.

The two largest sit-ins have been in Rab'a al-Adaweya Square in eastern Cairo and Nahda Square in Giza.

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