Yemen: sources, Egypt has closed embassy in Sanaa

Ambassador and diplomats repatriated, school shut down

23 February, 12:27

    A Yemeni soldier stands guard outside the Egyptian embassy few hours after it was shut down, in Sanaa, Yemen A Yemeni soldier stands guard outside the Egyptian embassy few hours after it was shut down, in Sanaa, Yemen

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO - Egypt has closed its embassy in Yemen. Egypt's ambassador to Sanaa, Youssef el Sharkawi returned to Cairo on Monday morning together will all diplomats who were deployed until Sunday in the Yemeni capital, diplomatic sources said Monday.

    The shutdown is due to the ''deterioration of security conditions''. The Egyptian school has also been closed over concern for the students' safety.

    Egypt is a protagonist of the Yemeni crisis as it has announced that it will intervene with a military operation if the new regime of the Houthis in Yemen closes the Bab al-Mandab strait in the Red Sea used by ships to access the Suez Canal, a great source of revenue, in order to reach Europe from Asia.
    In January, a US military delegation led by Rear Admiral James Loebline, deputy commander of the US naval forces central command, visited Egypt for two days to discuss the possible impact on navigation in the Red Sea with the regime change in Sanaa. According to Yemeni press reports, Iran has also warned the Houthis against acting on the straits to avoid problems with Egypt. (ANSAmed).

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