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US calls on Yemen rebels to release local embassy staffers

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The United States on Thursday called on Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who control Yemen’s capital Sanaa to release an unspecified number of local residents who work for the US embassy. The compound that used to serve as the embassy – operations were moved to Saudi Arabia years ago because of Yemen’s civil war – has been breached, a State Department spokesperson said. Most of the detainees have in fact been released but the rebels continue to hold Yemeni employees of the embassy, the spokesperson said. “We are concerned that Yemeni staff of the US Embassy in Sanaa continue to be detained without…

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