Western embassies close in Yemen

 Great Britain and Germany are pulling all nonessential staff from their embassies in Yemen due to ongoing unrest there,  officials said Thursday.

Also, the diplomats at the Yemen Embassy in the U.S. resigned from their posts, except the ambassador, “due to divisions over Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s response to the ongoing protests and riots,” a source close to the Embassy said.

A Yemeni official confirmed the staff resignations telling The Examiner, “four diplomats said they backed the objective of the peaceful revolution and one consular, who was actually called back because his term expired, jumped on the band wagon but also resigned.”

The British, who are keeping a small staff  in the capital of Sanaa, say their pullout of non-essential staff is due to “the rapid deterioration in the security situation,” reports from the region state.



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