On Thursday evening, the United Nations Security Council condemned, in the strongest terms, the storming of the US Embassy compound in Yemen by the Houthi militia, the Iranian arm, and the arrest of dozens of local employees.
In a statement, the members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the recent and ongoing seizure and infiltration of the compound, which was formerly used as the US embassy in Sana’a, by the Houthis, during which dozens of local employees were arrested.
The members of the Security Council called for the immediate withdrawal of all Houthi elements from the compound.
They also demanded the immediate and safe release of those still in detention.
The members of the Security Council recalled the fundamental principles enshrined in the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, in particular the prohibition of intrusion into diplomatic property as well as the inviolability of mission premises and their immunity from search, demand, seizure or execution.
The members of the Security Council also specifically stressed that the premises of the temporarily recalled diplomatic mission, along with its property and archives, must be respected and protected.
The Houthi militia had stormed the US embassy compound on Sheraton Street in the capital, Sanaa, in conjunction with the kidnapping of a number of local employees and embassy guards.
And local sources reported that Houthi militia members stormed the US embassy compound in Sanaa, and looted a large amount of equipment and supplies.
The storming came days after the kidnapping of the employees concerned with guarding the embassy building, and was preceded by the kidnapping of three embassy employees, after about three weeks ago it kidnapped about 22 others, most of whom work as part of the security staff that remained guarding the embassy building.
The Yemeni cabinet considered the Houthi storming of the US embassy as a continuation of the criminal and unruly behavior, and it comes within the Houthi terrorist acts that continue to defy all international laws and norms.