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Egypt's ambassador to Yemen, mission leave war-torn Aden

The Egyptian diplomatic mission returned back to Cairo earlier Wednesday Houthis storm the city of Aden

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Mar 2015
Youssef El-Sharqawi
Youssef El-Sharqawi, Egypt's Ambassador to Yemen (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's Ambassador to Yemen along with the rest of country's diplomatic mission left Aden to Cairo on Wednesday, as Houthi Shia militants advance on the Southern Yemeni city, state news agency MENA reported.

News outlets have reported earlier on Wednesday that Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has fled Aden with members of the Saudi diplomatic mission in the country as Houthi militias close in on the city.

In February, Egypt shut down its embassy in the capital Sanaa, evacuating its diplomatic mission over security concerns as Houthi rebels captured the city. 

The Egyptian mission returned a month later to Yemen, but relocated in Aden which the Cairo-backed Yemeni President  chose as a base after fleeing Sanaa.

Earlier on Wednesday, Houthi forces started a major operation to capture Aden, announcing that they had overpowered Hadi forces at an air base near the city before later arresting the Yemeni minister of defence Major-General Mahmoud al-Subaihi.

Several Arab diplomatic missions including Saudi diplomatic have reportedly left Aden as well.

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