Political Analysis

Turkey issues travel warning to Yemen

The Turkish Foreign Ministry warned its citizens on Wednesday not to travel to Yemen where the security situation has deteriorated and remains unpredictable. 

An announcement on the Turkish Foreign Ministry website recommended Turkish citizens leave Yemen as soon as possible.

“As of today, Aden airport is closed as well,” the announcement said.

“A pro-Saleh military battalion has controlled the airport after sporadic clashes with troops and vigilantes loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi,” a source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.

Yemen has been dogged by political turmoil since the 2012 ouster of longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The country has been wracked by turmoil since last September, when the Houthis overran the capital, Sanaa, from where they have since sought to extend their influence to other parts of the country as well.