US embassy in Riyadh warningThe American State department has instructed US embassies and other diplomatic missions in the Arabian Peninsula to remain closed on Sunday, according to Arab News. The diplomatic offices could possibly remain closed for a few more days.

In an emergency message issued to US citizens worldwide, the Department of State of USA alerted its citizens of the possibility of terrorist attacks in the Middle East and North Africa. According to information received, Al Qaeda or its allies have planned terror attacks on official and private interests.

The emergency message states that US citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling.

The message advises US citizens to avoid areas where large gatherings may take place as even peaceful gatherings could turn violent. It has also asked the US citizen to review personal security plans and to monitor local news stations for updates.

“We strongly recommend that US citizens traveling to or residing in Saudi Arabia enrol in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP),” said the US embassy in Riyadh as quoted by Arab News. STEP shares the latest security updates and helps the US embassy or consulate to contact its citizens in case of emergency.

In addition to diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia, those in Egypt, Israel, Libya, Iraq and Kuwait are placed on high alert.

Emergency numbers:

  • US Embassy in Riyadh (011-488-3800)
  • US Consulate General in Jeddah (02-667-0080)
  • US Consulate General in Dhahran (03-330-3200)