CAIRO: Egyptian embassy activities in Sanaa have been temporarily suspended, but the staff remains in Yemen and the embassy is not closed, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel-Atty told The Cairo Post Tuesday morning.
The Egyptian ambassador to Sanaa Youssef al-Sharqawy told Aswat Masryia Monday evening that the embassy closed due to the violence broke out between Houthi rebels and the Yemeni army.
Abdel-Atty added that the situation is being closely monitored and if calm prevails activities will be resumed.
Sana’a witnessed clashes Monday between the U.S.-backed government army and Shiite Houthis near the presidential palace; it was reported that the Houthis took over the state media agency (SABA) and Television headquarters.
Yemeni Heath Minister Deputy Nasser Baoum told AP that nine people were killed and 67 others injured in the Monday clashes. Both sides blamed each other for starting the fight, and have accused each other of failing to carry out a U.N.-brokered peace deal.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry issued Monday a statement calling on all Yemeni parties to stop using violence.