US reduces embassy staff in Yemen over security

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Posted: Nov 10, 2014 3:19 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it has reduced the numbers of American staff at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen due to deteriorating security in the country.

Monday's drawdown in embassy staffing coincided with the Treasury imposing sanctions on Yemen's former president and two military commanders linked to the powerful Shiite (SHEE'-eyet) Houthi rebel group and comes amid a rise in anti-American protests. The sanctions were imposed after the U.N. Security Council on Friday added the same three men to its sanctions list for threatening the peace security and stability of Yemen.

Thousands of Houthis and supporters of the ex-president demonstrated against the U.S. on Friday and demanded that the American ambassador leave the country. Despite the staffing reduction, the State Department said the embassy in Sana remains open.