A number of members of Congress demanded the reinstatement of the Houthi group on the list of terrorism, after the State Department confirmed yesterday that the Houthi militia had deliberately arrested a number of former employees of the US Embassy in Sana’a.
US Congressman Dan Crenshaw said in a tweet on his Twitter account that the Iranian-backed Houthis stormed the US embassy in Yemen and took hostages, adding: “But within a month of Joe Biden taking office, he removed the group from the terrorist list!”
He also stressed that this step showed the weakness of the United States towards its enemies, as he put it, adding that this kidnapping is a “terrible price for showing weakness to our enemies.”
This demand came, after the United States called, yesterday evening, Thursday, for the Houthi militia to evacuate the American embassy building in the Yemeni capital, stressing the need for the immediate release of Yemeni employees there.
The Foreign Ministry also indicated in a statement, according to Agence France-Presse, that the majority of those previously arrested have been released, but some Yemeni employees are still being held without explanation, without specifying their number or tasks.
In addition, she stressed that the US government will continue its diplomatic efforts to secure the release of all employees and the evacuation of the embassy.
It is noteworthy that the US embassy was closed in 2015, after the Houthis seized the Yemeni capital, but some Yemeni employees continued to work from home or as security guards for buildings, before the militias arrested them a few days ago.