Written By: Elena White and Majid al-Kibsy
Article Date: May 1, 2012 - 8:06:49 PM
Mareb press, an online news website which often publishes wild allegations, accused last week American marines of having raped two young Yemeni girls, demanding that the culprits be brought to justice.
The American embassy which understandably was not happy to see their nationals dragged in the mud in such a manner, essentially when they were no physical proof to back the accusations issued a strong statement onto their website saying: ''The Embassy takes these types of allegations against its staff extremely seriously and categorically and emphatically denies these outrageous claims. The Embassy would like to express its outrage with the editors and managers of the Mareb Press for printing such spurious allegations without proof and without any attempt to confirm the allegations with the Embassy.''
On Friday, Yemeni Journalist, Hamdan al-Aly posted on Mareb Press website a story addressed to the US Ambassador in Yemen, where he mentioned he had received a letter from a person who spoke of outrageous incidents against Yemeni people.
“One of these incidents is a raping crime against minor Yemeni girls who participated in a party held in the US campus by the American Marines last October. This incident resulted in deporting the Marines responsible and resigning some of the Yemeni staff in the embassy,” read the article.
According to al-Aly, he tried to contact US embassy media officer but was et by a wall of silence.
Officials at the embassy found deplorable that “certain elements” behind the paper were using fabricated allegations to hinder political progress, trying to demonize American intervention in Yemen.
The move by Mareb Press comes amidst reports that the White House is seeking more leeway from President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi in their Drone campaign.
Several journalists in Yemen, amongst whom Zaid Alaya, a prominent writer deplored the move, saying that there was not a single shred of proof to back up the claims.
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