US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced in a statement that the United States condemns the Houthi group’s arrest of Yemeni employees at the US Embassy in Sana’a, and demands their immediate release.
The statement said that dozens of Yemenis and their family members were arrested and subjected to “ill-treatment” by the Houthis, because of their work in the United States temporarily since the embassy closed there in 2015.
In 2015, Washington transferred its diplomats from Yemen to work from Riyadh, and some Yemeni employees remained working with the US Embassy from Sanaa.
“The Houthis must immediately release unharmed all Yemeni employees of the United States, evacuate the embassy compound, return confiscated property, and cease their threats,” Blinken said.
The UN Security Council had condemned “in the strongest terms” the Houthi takeover of the US embassy in Sana’a, and called for the release of the employees who are still detained by them.
In a statement, the 15 council members called for the “immediate withdrawal of all Houthi elements from the site” and the “immediate and safe release of those still detained.”
The statement added that the Vienna International Conventions prohibit any intrusion into diplomatic premises, which “must be respected and protected.”