Houthis say Western embassy closures in Yemen are “unjustified”

Published February 12th, 2015 - 09:30 GMT

The Houthi rebels, who recently took control of Yemen, have said the closure of the Western embassies due to security concerns was unjustified, reports AFP. 

The US, UK, and French embassies shut down this week without further notice of reopening just days after the Houthis dissolved Yemen's parliament in a move to consolidate power. 

Hussein al-Ezzi, described as the Houthi militia's head of foreign relations, said that the evacuations were a ploy for western powers to put added pressure on Yemeni people. 

"The decisions of some Western countries to close their embassies in Sanaa are absolutely unjustified," he was quoted by the official Saba news agency, which is now under control of the Houthi regime.

Ezzi added that the US, UK, and France "will quickly realise that it is in their interests to deal positively with the will of the Yemeni people, which they must respect."

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