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Tue Jun 11, 2024, 06:30 AM Jun 11

Yemen's Houthi claim to break up US-Israel spy network, days after arresting UN staffers


Yemen’s Houthi claim to break up US-Israel spy network, days after arresting UN staffers

Updated 5:22 PM EDT, June 10, 2024

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels said Monday they had arrested members of an “American-Israeli spy network” days after detaining at least 11 U.N. staffers along with others from aid organizations.

Maj. Gen. Abdulhakim al-Khayewani, head of the Houthis’ intelligence agency, announced the arrests, saying the spy network had first operated out of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa. Then after it was closed in 2015 following the Houthi takeover of the capital Sanaa and northern Yemen, they continued “their subversive agenda under the cover of international and UN organizations,” he said.

He did not say how many people were arrested. Houthi authorities issued what they purported to be videotaped confessions by 10 Yemenis, several of whom said they were recruited by the U.S. Embassy. They did not include any of the U.N. employees who were arrested. The Houthis’ claims could not be independently verified.

The United Nations on Friday announced the arrests of 11 Yemeni staffers. Six worked for the U.N.’s human rights agency, while one apiece worked for its special envoy’s office, its development arm, UNICEF, the World Food Program and UNESCO. Other aid groups also reported employees detained, though the total number was not known.


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