Political Analysis

US embassy staff destroy documents before Yemen-pullout

National Yemen

Sana’a – US diplomats destroyed documents, telecommunications equipment and other sensitive materials before evacuating their embassy in increasingly unstable Yemen, local employees said on Wednesday.

Marine guards at the mission “destroyed their weapons, sensitive documents, telecommunications equipment, computers, telephones and photocopiers before leaving the embassy”, staff said .

Another employee said they “destroyed everything they couldn’t take with them”, including numerous vehicles, which they crushed with a wrecking crane.

Earlier, diplomatic and airport sources said Houthi militiamen had seized from Sana’a international airport some 30 vehicles left behind by embassy staff.

Meanwhile, militiamen took up positions outside the mission in the east of the capital at a bit after 20:00, residents said.

The US State Department said on Wednesday it was suspending its Sana’a mission indefinitely due to Yemen’s “deteriorating security situation”.