Egypt shut its embassy in Sanaa and recalled all its staff on Monday due to deteriorating security, state media said, 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 Egyptian embassy in Sanaa was closed after the departure of the mission,” it added.
Since then, Saudi Arabia, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Japan and Turkey have all shuttered their embassies in Sanaa.