Russian embassy suspends activity in Yemen

Saudi-led raid on police camp in Sanaa leaves at least 39 Yemenis dead – report

On Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted an unnamed coalition source as saying that coalition officials in Sanaa had received a Russian request to assist in the evacuation of Russian nationals and embassy staff from Sanaa's worldwide airport.

On November 6, the coalition announced that it was shutting down Yemen's air, sea, and land borders, after Yemeni fighters targeted an global airport near the Saudi capital of Riyadh with a cruise missile in retaliation for the devastating aerial bombardment campaign against Yemen.

All Russian diplomatic personnel have left Yemen and Moscow has temporarily suspended its diplomatic presence in the country because of the deteriorating security situation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on December 12.

Russian ambassador Vladimir Dedushkin has been working out of Riyadh since past year and Moscow warned last week that Yemen risks spiralling into "military-political chaos".

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.

Despite this easing, the situation in Yemen remains severe, according to McGoldrick.

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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.

Green said he was "deeply concerned on so many fronts" about the crisis in Yemen, but in particular the failure to get fuel into the country so people have access to clean water.

Russian Federation has previously expressed concern about the coalition strikes, which killed 26 at the weekend.

Saleh, 75, was killed by the Iran-aligned Houthis on Monday, after he had called for a "new page" in ties with a Saudi-led coalition that his supporters together with the Houthis had fought for almost three years.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick called all parties involved in the blockade of Yemen's ports to facilitate access to humanitarian aid as required by global law.

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