British Embassy closed down: Yemen Crisis

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Sana’a : In the fact of the Arab worlds poorest country having been taken over by Shiite rebels. The British Embassy on February 11 stated they have finally taken a step to close down the British embassy in Yemen. The UK Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, informed the press that all embassy staff in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, left early this morning. The official statement has also called for all British nationals to “leave immediately.”

The UK decision follows close on the heels of the US Embassy’s, as the latter had downed the shutters on their embassy and recalled the staff from Yemen shortly before. It has been months now that Yemen has been in deeply troubled waters with Shiite Houthi rebels virulently seizing the capital and taking control. However, US officials have said that the embassy closedown would not affect their government’s counterterrorism endeavors against al-Qaida’s Yemen division, which it considers the terror outfit’s most detrimental branch in the world.