US Embassy Seized, Hostages Taken

US Embassy Seized, Hostages Taken

( – An Iran-backed Islamic extremist group attacked the US Embassy in Yemen early Wednesday morning, taking hostages and seizing government equipment. According to news reports, before this attack, Houthi extremists had already detained at least 25 Yemenis for several weeks, many of whom worked at the US Embassy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Officials say the Houthis had captured the compound intending to gain access to “large quantities of equipment and materials.” However, they have not yet clarified exactly what the group was looking for or what they planned to do with the stolen property.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the hostage list includes at least one economic officer, a US Agency for International Development staffer, and a former embassy employee. The State Department declined to confirm any specific numbers, names or identifying information during a press briefing on November 9.

The Trump administration had designated the Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Group (FTO) and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) back in January 2021 under the direction of then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Their status as a terrorist organization was quickly reversed after President Joe Biden stepped into office after the administration changed hands.

The US State Department has expressed deep concerns over the welfare and safety of the hostages. They are calling on the Houthis not to harm the detained Yemeni employees and demand their immediate release.

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