Aug. 8 - Yemen's capital Sanaa is on a high security alert due to the Muslim festival of Eid, as Western embassies remain in lock-down. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Yemen's capital city Sanaa was on a high security alert on Thursday as Muslims marked the Eid al-Fitr festival to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Armored vehicles and soldiers were seen on the deserted streets of Sanaa, after warnings of potential attacks by militants prompted the United States to shut diplomatic missions across the Middle East and North Africa last week and to issue a global travel warning. Attention shifted to Yemen when U.S. sources said intercepted communication between al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri and the Yemen-based wing of the militant group was partly what provoked the measures. Soldier Mohamed Saad said he and his colleagues were trying to make sure people could celebrate Eid. Both the United States and Britain withdrew some of their diplomatic personnel from Yemen on Tuesday and reiterated calls to their nationals to leave the country. Other European countries, such as France and Norway, also shut their embassies. U.S. ally Yemen is the base for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most active branches of the network founded by Osama bin Laden, and militants have launched attacks from there against the West.