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Hague tells Britons to leave Yemen now ahead of mass protest

Publié par Clifford Armion le 25/03/2011

Nigel Morris

"British nationals in Yemen have been urged to leave "without delay". William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, warned that their safety could no longer be guaranteed and said plans for a military evacuation had been prepared. His announcement came as opposition leaders in Yemen rejected an offer from the embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down at the end of the year, insisting he leaves office immediately.

"Britain has already withdrawn most of its officials from its embassy in the capital, Sana'a, leaving only a heavily guarded skeleton staff. The ambassador and staff survived two assassination attempts last year.

"The advice for Britons came as Yemen's opposition stepped up their efforts to remove President Saleh. Tensions rose the day before a planned rally which protesters have dubbed "Friday of Departure", while presidential guards loyal to Mr Saleh clashed again with army units backing opposition groups."

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"Hague tells Britons to leave Yemen now ahead of mass protest", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2011. Consulté le 17/05/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/hague-tells-britons-to-leave-yemen-now-ahead-of-mass-protest