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04-11-2015, 09:57 AM

More than 40 plaintiffs – US citizens or residents trapped in Yemen – accuse government of failing to bring them home
April 9, 2015 2:48PM ET by Michael Pizzi

Hundreds of American citizens trapped in Yemen’s roiling violence have a legal right to be evacuated by the U.S. government, advocacy groups argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that challenges the State and Defense departments' perceived inaction on a constitutional basis.

In court documents that name Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as defendants, U.S.-based lawyers acting on behalf of 41 American citizens or permanent U.S. residents stuck in Yemen described Washington's decision not to provide any flights or ships out of the conflict zone as "arbitrary" and even illegal.

The plaintiffs say they are in grave danger from the escalating violence but have received little more from the State Department than emails or calls about possible third-party flights out of the country and recommendations that they take shelter.