Turkey urges citizens to leave Yemen amid political crisis

Followers of the Houthi movement shout slogans during a gathering to show support to the movement outside the Presidential Palace in Sanaa February 4, 2015. (Reuters)

Turkey has urged its citizens to leave Yemen due to the worsening security situation, despite a tentative deal among the country’s rival factions battling for power.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry published the warning -- the third of its kind since August -- late on Thursday, after most Yemeni factions had agreed to set up an interim presidential council to run the country for up to a year.

That deal aims to ease the power struggle in a country where the president resigned last month after Shiite Houthi rebels overran the capital Sanaa in September.

“Protests and public demonstrations are taking place. There is a possibility that incidents effecting public security could take place,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry did not say how many Turks live in Yemen.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 13:54 - GMT 10:54