A gang of Houthi militiamen stormed the U.S. embassy facility in Yemen, and after taking at least 25 hostages, stole “large amounts of equipment and materials,” the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported.
“The alleged raid comes after the Houthis kidnapped three Yemeni nationals affiliated with the U.S. Embassy from one of the employee’s private residences in Sana’a on Nov. 5,” MEMRI mentioned as quoted by the Washington Free Beacon on Nov. 11.
And it added that at least 22 other Yemenis were kidnapped by the Houthis in recent weeks, “most of whom worked on the security staff guarding the embassy grounds.”
For its part, the U.S. State Department confirmed the facts. It said, “The majority of the detained have been released, but the Houthis continue to detain additional Yemeni employees of the embassy.”
He also stated that he had demanded that the rebels vacate the facility and return the stolen materials.
“The U.S. government will continue its diplomatic efforts to secure the release of our staff and the vacating of our compound, including through our international partners,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said this week.
The official business of the U.S. embassy for Yemen is conducted from Riyadh, the capital and main business center of Saudi Arabia.
The stormed facilities are located in the city of Sana’a, where diplomatic activities have been suspended since 2015. That regime is funding a missile program, funding capabilities inside Yemen that put Europe and the Middle East at risk.
The Houthi militiamen are backed by the Iranian regime and have seized most of Yemen through continuous terrorist acts, which have subjected the 13.5 million Yemenis to humanitarian emergencies over the past seven years.
After the Trump administration declared them terrorists, the Biden administration lifted this designation and the restrictions they implied to ingratiate itself with Iran and propitiate negotiations on uranium production.
In this sense, the former Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, communicated: “The Houthi forces are terrorists, underwritten by the theocracy, the kleptocracy that runs the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
He added: “That regime is funding a missile program, funding capabilities inside Yemen that put Europe at risk, and put the Middle East at risk.”
Houthi militias seized much of Yemen’s territory, including the city of Sana’a, in 2014 in their separatist war against the government.
For its part, Saudi Arabia formed a coalition and counterattacked in 2015. Casualties totaled 112,000 people, and the country’s infrastructure was razed to the ground.
In addition, the Houthis caused “continued widespread violations of human rights and international law with impunity; and of escalating fighting and its impact on the civilian population, including displacement,” according to a report revealed by Fox News.