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UN urges Yemen's Houthis to release detained staff

The United States has also called on the Houthis to release Yemeni employees of the US government.
A Yemeni security guard walks past the compound of the US Embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Oct. 8, 2015.

The United Nations on Wednesday called for the immediate release of two UN staff members detained earlier this month by the Houthis in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. 

A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the senior Houthi officials gave the UN assurances last week that they would release the men. One of the Yemeni staffers works for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the other is employed by the UN human rights office. 

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