UK closes, evacuates Yemen embassy, tells citizens to 'leave immediately'

February 11, 2015 5:48 AM

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UK closes, evacuates Yemen embassy, tells citizens to 'leave immediately'

SANAA, Yemen – The British Embassy in Yemen's capital closed and evacuated its staff early Wednesday, authorities said, the latest diplomatic post to shut down in the Arab world's poorest country amid turmoil following Shiite rebels seizing power.

In a statement, U.K. Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood also urged British citizens still in Yemen to "leave immediately." This comes as the State Department confirmed it also closed the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa and evacuated its staff because of the political crisis there and security concern...

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