The British government says it has closed its embassy in Yemen and evacuated all its diplomatic staff amid turmoil there following Houthi rebels seizing power in the country.
In a statement Wednesday, Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood said all embassy staff in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, left early Wednesday morning. The statement also calls for all British nationals to “leave immediately.”
The UK’s decision comes after the US Embassy there closed and America evacuated its staff.
US employees said their mission had been getting rid of documents and weapons and the evacuation had been in progress over the past few days.
The US ambassador had informed them that Washington may ask the Turkish or Algerian embassies in Sana’a to look after US interests in the country while the embassy was closed.
“The ambassador and the rest of the staff will leave by Wednesday evening,” one employee, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.
Employees at the French and German embassies said their missions had also been getting rid of documents and have given local staff two months’ paid leave. But there was no immediate word on the missions closing down.