State Dept. urged to use ‘leverage’ to secure Yemen hostage release

State Dept. urged to use ‘leverage’ to secure Yemen hostage release

The leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee have called on the State Department to use “all available leverage” to secure the release of local staffers at the shuttered American embassy in Yemen who were detained earlier this month by Houthi rebels.

“The Houthis’ actions are a clear violation of international law and basic principles of human rights,” read the letter from committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) and ranking member Michael McCaul (R-Texas). “We must respond robustly to these provocations to prevent such abuses in the future, whether in Yemen or elsewhere.”

In a statement this past Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged that “several” Yemeni citizens and their families had been detained and mistreated by the Iran-backed rebels after the

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