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US, UK and France shut embassies in Yemen

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Published on February 13, 2015 with No Comments

Yemenis in the central city of Taiz and the capital Sanaa held the largest protests yet against a takeover by a Shia Muslim militia group after the United States, Britain and France shut their embassies in Yemen over security fears.
The Iranian-backed Houthi movement has called its seizure of power in Yemen a “revolution” and says it wants to rid the country of corruption and economic peril. Yemen has long been at the forefront of the US-led war against Al-Qaida but the long-standing alliance between Washington and Sanaa appears to have ended for now.
Earlier, the United States stopped work at its embassy and withdrew its diplomatic staff, and France and Britain followed suit on Wednesday.
Employees of the German embassy said its mission was also getting rid of sensitive documents and would soon close.
The Houthis, who overran Sanaa in September and formally took power last week, are stridently anti-American, and chant “death to America” at rallies. Their leader Abdel Malik al-Houthi has also blasted what he calls Western meddling in Yemen.


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