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The U.S. government, on Tuesday, urged the Houthis in Yemen, to immediately release any U.S. citizens being held there.

"We are deeply concerned by reports of U.S. citizens being unjustly detained by the Houthi-controlled National Security Bureau in Yemen," said State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, in a statement.

Such detentions are unacceptable, put in jeopardy any Houthi efforts to establish that, they are credible and responsible interlocutors, and invite serious questions about their commitment to seek a lasting peace for Yemen, Toner said.

He warned that, should any U.S. citizens unjustly held in Yemen be harmed, "it would be the responsibility of those organisations, groups, or individuals detaining them."

The U.S. is monitoring the situation in Yemen very closely, and calls on the Houthis to immediately release any U.S. citizens currently being held, he added.

Toner did not disclose the names of Americans detained in Yemen, but media reports have said that, an American teacher named Peter Willems was kidnapped last Tuesday, from the Exceed Language Centre in Sanaa, Yemen's capital, by rebels aligned with the Houthis.


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