Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi gave his guards the slip and escaped to South Yemen where his power base lies. He declared the Houthi takeover of the capital city Sanaa, invalid and unconstitutional.
President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi was kept under house arrest for the weeks following the Shia Houthi’s takeover of the city and government.
Meanwhile Shia Houthis opened fire on demonstrators protesting their imposition of rule in a central town.
Embassies have been closing since the situation has destabilized the country. The list of countries pulling out grows every day, but some of the first to leave are embassies representing the USA, Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.
The Canadian mission remained open, staffed by local employees, but their ability to assist people is extremely limited. The Canadian Government’s advice to civilians in the country is to get out as soon as it is safely possible.
In an odd twist, US military personnel remain within the country. Special Forces remain to counter terrorism and train with the Yemeni military. It has been acknowledged that this is increasingly difficult with the turmoil raging in the country.
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