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Britain withdraws embassy staff from protest-hit Yemen

Posted by on March 24, 2011 0 Comment

London, March 24 (DPA) Britain is withdrawing most of its embassy officials from Yemen because of fears of escalating violence expected at protests Friday, the Foreign Office in London said.

A statement released late Wednesday said that only a “small core” of staff would remain in the capital, Sana’a. Other British nationals were also urged to leave.

“In light of the rapid deterioration in the security situation in Yemen and the high risk of increased tension in Sana’a and likely protests on Friday 25 March which might result in violent clashes, part of the British Embassy team in Sana’a is being temporarily withdrawn, leaving a small core staff in place. This will take immediate effect,” it said.

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