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Egypt shuts embassy in Yemen over ‘bad’ security

Egypt shut down its embassy in Sanaa and recalls all its staff due to deteriorating security, state media says, joining a diplomatic exodus since Shiite militia seized the Yemeni capital.

Long on the front line of the US war against Al-Qaeda, Yemen has descended into chaos since the Shiite Huthi militia swept into Sanaa from their mountainous northern stronghold last year.

“The Egyptian diplomatic mission in Sanaa headed by Ambassador Youssef al-Sharqawi returned to Cairo on Monday due to the bad security situation in Yemen,” the official MENA news agency reports.

“The Egyptian embassy in Sanaa was closed after the departure of the mission,” it adds.

— AFP

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