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Militia Seizes 30 US Vehicles as Diplomats Quit Yemen

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:33 PM

Shiite militiamen seized some 30 vehicles used by US embassy staff from Sanaa's international airport on Wednesday shortly after their departure from Yemen, diplomatic and airport sources said.

The vehicles were taken from the airport by Huthi fighters following the evacuation of the US embassy in the capital, the sources said.

As well as three diplomatic cars used by Ambassador Matthew Tueller and his staff, the militiamen seized more than 25 vehicles used by Marines in charge of embassy security, sources at the airport said.

Some of the vehicles were armoured, the sources said, adding that Yemeni drivers had been detained after taking the Americans to the airport, from where embassy staff went to Oman.

The US State Department said Wednesday it was suspending its Sanaa mission indefinitely due to Yemen's "deteriorating security situation".

Britain also evacuated its diplomats and France called on its citizens to leave the country, announcing it was closing its embassy from February 13.

The Huthi militia, which entered the capital unopposed last September, ousted Yemen's Western-backed president last week in a move denounced by some neighbouring states as a coup.


© AFP 2018

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