Houthi rebels reportedly invaded the defunct US embassy in the capital of Yemen and seized documents and equipment. They also arrested three local people who worked with the Americans, as well as 22 previously captured security personnel.
On Wednesday, a group of Houthis broke into the US compound and seized it “Large quantities of equipment and materials”, according to a report by Al-Masdar News. The raid comes nearly a week after three Yemeni nationals who worked for the United States were allegedly there “Kidnapped” from a private home in Sana’a. In recent weeks, 22 other Yemenis have also been arrested, most of whom worked as security for the US embassy complex.
The #WE he is also concerned about the violation of the complex that was used by the embassy before the suspension of operations in 2015. “We ask the Houthis to release him immediately and return all the properties seized,” the official said.
– Joseph Haboush (@jhaboush) November 11, 2021
Saudi Arabia and the United States have described the Houthis as “Backed by Iran”. The Shia militia overthrew the Saudi-backed president in 2014 and has been fighting the Saudi invasion of Yemen since 2015.
Citing an unnamed source, Al-Masdar reported that the three staff members kidnapped on November 5 were Embassy business officer Jameel Ismail, USAID employee Hisham Al-Wazir and US-Middle East coordinator. Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Abdul Mueen Azan.
A State Department spokesperson told reporters Thursday that the United States was … “Concerned about the violation of the fence that was used by our Embassy” before the United States closed it in 2015, due to the war.
“We ask the Houthis to release him immediately and return all the seized property”, they added.
Foggy Bottom also requested “Immediate release” of Yemeni nationals detained by Houthis, presumably referring to both the trio arrested last week and those captured earlier.
“We have seen some progress and are continuing to work on this critical issue. Most of those who have been detained are no longer in detention. “ Spokesman Ned Price told reporters Tuesday, adding that the State Department is “Committed to ensuring the safety of those who serve the US government overseas.”
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