Britain’s embassy in Syria has been closed to the public for a week because of security concerns, the has government said.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said on Tuesday the Damascus embassy had shut its doors to the public on February 10, but added the government could not comment any further on security issues relating to its overseas missions.
“The embassy is still operating, it is just not open to the public,” she said. No date has been set for reopening.
News of the partial closure came a day after the government said “terrorists” could be in the final stages of planning an attack in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Osama bin Laden and the scene of a major suicide bombing last year.
A number of flights to Saudi Arabia have been cancelled over the last few weeks because of security concerns and in recent months Britain has been forced to shut or partially close a number of its embassies.
In November 2002, the British consulate in Istanbul was blasted by suicide bombers and more than 30 people were killed including the British Consul.
A week later Britain’s embassy in Bulgaria was shut for security reasons and in December the embassy in Lima, Peru was closed over the New Year for a week because intelligence suggested it might be a target.