NEW YORK (AP) – The State Department is ordering some of its diplomats at the US embassy in Yemen to leave the country.
The department says security is deteriorating amid unrest and sectarian clashes that have left Shiite rebels in control of the capital.
The department says the embassy in Sanaa will stay open with a majority of staff remaining and that the move is temporary.
The rebels overran Sanaa over the weekend, defeating Sunni Islamist fighters. They signed a peace deal with the government on Sunday but have ignored calls for fighters to leave the city. The rebels are believed to have backing from Iran. They’ve vowed to go after al-Qaida’s branch in the country. The U.S. believes Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is a major threat to American interests.