US Embassy in Yemen to Suspend All Operations

(SANA’A, Yemen) — Due to the worsening security situation in Yemen, the U.S. embassy will suspend all operations and close temporarily, senior officials confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday.

The embassy had already been operating on a reduced staff and was guarded by roughly 100 U.S. Marines.

Ambassador Matthew Tueller was one of the remaining staffers, but officials told ABC News they’ll all be gone within the next 24 hours.

Shiite rebels seized the capital city of Sana’a last month and placed the president under house arrest. Since then, multiple peace negotiations and proposals to reset control of the government have failed.

Meanwhile, Houthi rebels continued to grab power throughout Yemen, announcing Tuesday that they have taken control of a key central province.

U.S. officials say the State Department does not plan to permanently abandon the post and there are reports that Turkey and Algeria have been delegated to protect the U.S. embassy while its staff is relocated out of the country.

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