Friday, April 27, 2012

American Embassy in Sana'a denies Mareb Press allegations

By Fatik al-Rodaini
SANA'A, April 27, 2012- In a statement posted on the Internet the American embassy in Yemen denied on Friday night the allegations of Mareb Press website which accused the US embassy personnel of raping Yemeni girls.
''The Embassy takes these types of allegations against its staff extremely seriously and categorically and emphatically denies these outrageous claims,'' the statement said.
The embassy criticized the Mareb Press website, which belongs to Islah party, Yemen’s Islamic faction and the main block of the Opposition led by al-Ahmars' family.
''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,'' it read.
The American Embassy demanded the website reaction of the article, saying the slanderous journalism is deplorable, and the Embassy demands the immediate retraction of the article.
''The Embassy fully expects that in future situations Mareb Press will abide by more professional journalism standards,'' the statement added.

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