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SANA'AYemen said on Wednesday it had foiled an al-Qaeda plot to blow up oil pipelines and seize some of the country's main ports.

Security remains tight - and hundreds of armoured vehicles have been deployed to protect key targets.

Both the U.S. and UK have withdrawn diplomatic staff from Yemen, prompted by intelligence reports of renewed terrorist activity.

The U.S. is reported to be preparing special operations forces for possible strikes against al-Qaeda in Yemen.

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In Sana'a, Yemen - Photo: Sallam