The security situation in Yemen has continued to deteriorate over recent days. Due to increased risk, diplomatic staff have been withdrawn and the operations of the British Embassy in Sana’a temporarily suspended.
There is a high threat from terrorism throughout Yemen and specific methods of attack are evolving and increasing in sophistication. Terrorists continue to threaten further attacks. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has previously targeted western interests and Houthis, and there could be a threat to commercial sites, transport infrastructure, diplomatic missions and any place where westerners or Houthis gather.
There is a very high threat of kidnap from armed tribes, criminals and terrorists. A number of foreign nationals has been kidnapped, and groups actively continue to target westerners. There were at least 3 separate kidnap attempts against well-protected westerners.
On 19 January, fighting broke out between the Presidential Guard and Houthis near the Presidential Palace. On 22 January the President, Prime Minister, and Cabinet resigned. On 6 February, the Houthis announced the immediate dissolution of Parliament. The political situation is extremely volatile and fluid, and the threat of further escalation of violence and disorder across the country remains. In response to the instability in Sana’a, southern secessionists have increased their protests and activity in Aden. Demonstrations could occur at short notice across Yemen and may well turn violent