Shots fired at U.S. Embassy staff in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen, Jan. 20 (UPI) — Shots were fired at a U.S. Embassy vehicle Tuesday in Sanaa, Yemen, the embassy reported.

The unidentified shooters first fired into the air, then at a vehicle in which U.S. diplomatic staff rode at a nearby checkpoint, an embassy statement said, adding that no one was injured. The incident comes at a time when Yemen, a key U.S. ally in the conflict with al-Qaida, is a battleground between government and rebel forces.

Clashes in the capital killed nine and injured 67 Monday before a ceasefire was declared, the Yemeni Health Ministry announced. The rebels, who seized the presidential palace, Yemeni state television and the official SABA news agency said, are Houthis, Shiite Muslims who regard themselves as marginalized by Yemen’s Sunni government.

The U.S. State Department told NBC News on Monday that there are no plans to evacuate the embassy in Sanaa, and military officials added there was no imminent threat to those within the embassy.

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