The U.S. abandoned its embassy in the Yemeni capitol of Sanaa this week, after Houthi rebels seized parliament, forcing the resignation of Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and solidifying a new government. Reports have come in that U.S. Marines abandoned vehicles and weapons upon the evacuation.
U.S. and other Western nations shut embassies in Yemen, citing security risks: http://t.co/3sHE6HdQxv
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 11, 2015
According to Military.com, Marines were ordered to surrender their weapons as the embassy in Sanaa was being evacuated. Currently, it is unknown who is in possession of the weapons and equipment. The Blaze reported that some Marines had even destroyed their weapons with sledgehammers.
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) February 12, 2015
In a statement from the U.S. Marine Corps, the destruction of and abandonment of weapons was described:
“Specifically, each bolt was removed from its weapons body and rendered inoperable by smashing with sledgehammers. The weapons bodies, minus the bolts, were then separately smashed with sledgehammers. All of these destroyed components were left at the airport – and components were scattered; no usable weapon was taken from any Marine.”
On Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki denied that the United States is “being run out of town,” after being forced to ditch yet another U.S. embassy in the Middle East due to regional danger.
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When asked if the U.S. was being given the boot, Psaki pushed back, saying:
“What the United States leadership is reflected in the fact that we want to return. We want to be engaged. We want to play a role, if we can play a role.”
While Psaki denied the suggestion that America was being run out of the Middle East, it is worth noting that the closure of the U.S. embassy in Yemen is now the third embassy in the region that has been abandoned since the Arab Spring commenced during President Obama’s tenure as Commander-In-Chief.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated [ 2/12/15, 4:00 p.m. EST].