Russian embassy suspends activity in Yemen

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"Considering the situation in Sanaa, a decision has been taken to temporarily suspend Russia's diplomatic presence in Yemen".

According to the spokeswoman, Russian Ambassador to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin, along with several members of his staff, will continue to perform their diplomatic duties from the Saudi capital Riyadh.

A Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement blockaded ports last month after a missile was sacked toward Riyadh.

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A Russian plane evacuated embassy staff and some Russian nationals from Sanaa earlier on Tuesday, Saudi state news agency SPA said, citing the Saudi-led military coalition fighting against the Houthi movement that controls the Yemeni capital.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in neighbouring Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to push back the Houthi rebels, who are said to be backed by Iran, and restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

A military commander in the Coalition for the Support of the Legitimacy in Yemen announced the initiative of the Yemeni Republican Guard in cooperation with the coalition forces and the legitimate government to liberate Yemen from the Houthis.

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In a statement in August, the Russian embassy in Yemen had expressed concern over the "high intensity of air strikes by the Arab coalition on Yemeni cities and towns that often lead to civilian casualties".

McGoldrick said that about 8.4 million Yemenis are "a step away from famine" and depend on United Nations operations for safe water, food, medicine and shelter.

The world body has already made a plea for the coalition to lift its blockade, warning that without aid shipments untold thousands of innocent victims, among them many children, will die and that its partial lifting was not enough. The UN says millions in the country are on the verge of starvation and lack clean water, fueling a cholera epidemic.

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