Turkey urges its citizens to leave Yemen

Türkiye Materials 6 February 2015 10:38 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 6

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has urged its citizens to leave Yemen due to the unstable situation in the country, the Milliyet newspaper reported Feb. 6.

In January 2015, the Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen attacked the country's president, according to the Yemeni information minister, Nadia al-Saqqaf.

The minister said on Twitter that the President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was attacked by armed groups seeking to overthrow the government.

At the same time, the clashes between Houthi rebels and the Yemeni army near the presidential palace in the capital of Yemen have stopped.

Earlier, the Al Arabiya TV channel reported that two soldiers of the presidential guard were killed in the clashes near the presidential palace.

Later a member of the political council of the Shiite radical movement "Ansar Allah", Hamza al-Houthi told RIA Novosti that the Shiites didn't attempt to overthrow the president of the country, and the clashes with the presidential guard units were provoked by the guards themselves.

He added that the clashes between the "Ansar Allah" radical movement and the presidential guard were caused by the "denial of a number of officers of these units to hand over weapons located on the territory of the presidential palace complex to be kept by the rebels."

Ankara has previously made calls on its citizens in August and September, 2014 to leave Yemen.


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