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Houthi rebels took all U.S. Embassy vehicles parked at the Yemeni capital's airport and wouldn't let departing U.S. Marines take their weapons with them, a top Sanaa airport official said about the latest evidence of unrest in an Arab nation long seen as key in America's fight against terrorists.
The actions come after the United States, along with Britain, suspended operations at their embassies and moved out staffers because of the instability in Yemen.
According to the official, the Houthis seized many U.S. Marines' weapons at the airport, and the American troops also handed over some to random airport officials.
However, a senior U.S. military official told CNN the Marines disabled their weapons and gave them to a Yemeni security detail, which had escorted them to the airport, because the Marines were flying commercial.
The U.S. Marine Corps sharply denied the allegations.
"All crew served weapons were destroyed at the embassy prior to movement. None of them were 'handed over' in any way to anyone. The destruction of weapons at the embassy and the airport was carried out in accordance with an approved destruction plan," the statement read.
The statement continued: "To be clear: No Marine handed a weapon to a Houthi, or had one taken from him."
The previous night, embassy officials burned tens of thousands of documents and destroyed weapons that were inside the Sanaa embassy's storage warehouses, Yemeni employees of the embassy said.
originally posted by: starwarsisreal
a reply to: LukeDAP
I wonder how would this effect the war against ISIS? With the fall of Yemen, it seems ISIS lost one of their supporters. Would the Houthis send in fighters in Iraq in the battle against ISIS now that they have access to Yemen's financial and military resources?