(MENAFN- QNA) South Korea has decided to reduce the number of its embassy staff in Yemen due to security concerns following a militant group's takeover of the government, officials said Tuesday.
On Feb. 6, the Houthis, ousted Yemen's government and dissolved parliament after expanding its influence following its seizure of the capital Sanaa in September.
Yemen is one of the six countries on which Seoul has imposed travel bans.
The five other countries are Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Afghanistan.
Entrance into such nations requires special permission by the government.
The Seoul government has recommended about 40 nationals staying in Yemen to withdraw from the country.Seoul's foreign ministry said it will cut the number of South Korean diplomats at its embassy in Yemen while carefully considering a full-out evacuation if situations worsen, South Korea's News Agency (Yonhap) reported.
"The government plans to decide on whether to further cut the number of diplomatic staff or to fully pull out of the country by taking into account evolving political situations there," an official said, asking not to be named.
As security concerns are growing, countries that include the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Japan have temporarily closed their embassies in Yemen.
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