Thursday 14 December 2017

US closes embassy in Yemen’s capital over security threats

The Yemeni president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, is reportedly being held captive in his home by Shiite rebels (AP)
The Yemeni president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, is reportedly being held captive in his home by Shiite rebels (AP)

Payton Guion

The US has ordered the emergency closing of its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen over security concerns in the country.

Yemen has been in turmoil since the president and prime minister stepped down last month and Houthi Shiite rebels assumed temporary control.


IT is believed the US ambassador to Yemen is expected to leave the country Wednesday.

The Houthis initially were believed to be willing to oversee a peaceful transition of power but late last week disbanded Yemen’s parliament, casting doubt on the stability of the country.

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Yemen had been a key US ally in the Middle East, but also is home to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, among the most powerful of al-Qaeda affiliates.

The US is expected to ask either Turkey or Algeria to monitor the country’s interests in Yemen until the embassy can be reopened.

Independent News Service

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