The American, British and French embassies in Yemen are suspending operations and moving staffers out, as they are urgineg their citizens to leave the politically-unstable nation as well.
The move comes few days after Ansarullah revolutionaries issued the constitutional declaration in a bid to fill the power vacuum caused by the resignation of the President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his prime minister.
“The level of instability and ongoing threats in Yemen remain extremely concerning,” said a State Department travel warning issued Wednesday.
The warning said an “ongoing risk of kidnapping” exists and the US government is worried about possible terrorist attacks on Americans and Western facilities.
However, there are no plans for a US government-sponsored evacuation of American citizens at this time, the State Department said.
“US government-facilitated evacuations occur only when no safe commercial alternatives exist,” it said.
The message from the British Foreign Office was similar. The security situation continues to deteriorate, it said, and “we now judge that our Embassy staff and premises are at increased risk.” It too asked British nationals to leave immediately.
France followed suit, saying its Sanaa embassy would close as of Friday. In a statement on its website, the French embassy told French citizens to leave the country “as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, employees at the German embassy said its mission had also been getting rid of documents and has given local staff two months’ paid leave. But there was no immediate word on the mission closing down.
Ansarullah movement, also dubbed as Houthis, have liberated the capital Sanaa from operatives of al-Qaeda terrorist organization last September, and worked to restore security and stability in the attack-hit areas.
The powerful group issued on Friday the Constitutional Declaration, and the leader of Ansarullah Sayyed Abdul Malik al-Houthi stressed on Tuesday that the move was necessary, responsible, and not against any party in the country.