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Thou­sands of pro­test­ers in the trou­bled coun­try of Ye­men over the week­end de­manded the ex­pul­sion of U.S. Am­bas­sador Ger­ald Feier­stein, ac­cus­ing him of in­ter­fer­ing in the do­mes­tic af­fairs of a na­tion con­vulsed by a year-old up­ris­ing.

Re­ports from the cap­i­tal, Sanaa, said the ac­tivists pledged to con­tinue protests un­til “all their de­mands are met.” They are an­gered over the makeup of a tran­si­tional gov­ern­ment that took power last month with strong U.S. sup­port.

Pres­i­dent Abdu Rabu Man­sour Hadi, the for­mer vice pres­i­dent, was the only can­di­date on the bal­lot in the Feb. 21 elec­tion. He took over from Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh, the ail­ing au­to­crat who had ruled Ye­men for more than 30 years.

Mr. Saleh stepped down last month and flew to the United States for med­i­cal treat­ment. He was se­verely in­jured last year in an at­tempted as­sas­si­na­tion.

Mr. Feier­stein, who has re­leased no com­ments about the lat­est un­rest in the cap­i­tal, met last week with Mr. Hadi to urge a na­tional di­a­logue be­tween the new gov­ern­ment, which in­cludes many of Mr. Saleh’s co­horts, and the op­po­si­tion.

They also dis­cussed the con­tin­u­ing threat from al Qaeda ter­ror­ists who have taken over parts of the south of the strate­gic coun­try bor­dered by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, ac­cord­ing to news re­ports.

U.S. airstrikes Fri­day evening killed at least 18 sus­pected ter­ror­ists of the group, al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula, Ye­meni of­fi­cials said.

Mr. Feier­stein, a ca­reer diplo­mat, is­sued a travel warn­ing last month to Amer­i­cans in Ye­men, alert­ing them to an in­creased threat of kid­nap­ping.

U.S. cit­i­zens should main­tain a “high level of vig­i­lance,” keep a low pro­file and avoid crowds and demon­stra­tions, the warn­ing said.

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