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Terror threat prompts embassy closures
01:38 - Source: CNN

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Story highlights

Overseas threat said to be "credible and serious"

Embassies in Egypt, Libya, Israel and Iraq among those closed on Sunday

State Department said closure orders a precaution

Action occurs amid approaching end of Ramadan, anniversary of Benghazi attack

Washington CNN  — 

[Breaking news alert, 8:41 a.m. ET]

Al Qaeda is linked to a terror threat that has prompted the State Department to direct its embassies in key Middle East nations, including Egypt and Israel, to close Sunday, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-California, told CNN’s “New Day” Friday. “It’s my understanding that it is al Qaeda linked, alright, and the threat emanates in the Middle East and in Central Asia.”

[Previously published story, 8:56 p.m. ET]

A terror threat prompted the State Department on Thursday to direct its embassies in key Middle East nations, including Egypt and Israel, to close on Sunday with the possibility they could remain idle longer.

A U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly on the matter called the threat “credible and serious.”

It was “directed at American targets overseas,” but may not be confined to main diplomatic facilities, the official said.