Yemen’s Houthis claim to have arrested an ‘American-Israeli spy cell’

Yemen’s Houthis say they have arrested an “American-Israeli spy cell,” a few days after the Iran-backed group detained about a dozen United Nations personnel.

The alleged cell includes former staff of the US embassy in Yemen, according to a television statement from Abdel Hakim Al Khaiwani, the Houthis’ intelligence chief.

“The American-Israeli spy cell carried out espionage and sabotage activities in official and unofficial institutions for decades in favor of the enemy,” he says.

“Members of the spy spell and American officers exploited their positions at the American embassy to carry out their sabotage activities. After the American embassy left Sanaa… the members of the spy cell continued to implement their sabotage agendas under the cover of international and UN organizations.”

Israeli government officials have no immediate comment, and the UN declines to comment on the allegations. The US State Department does not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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