Two US Citizens Held Captive in Yemen Released: Kerry

Two US Citizens Held Captive in Yemen Released: Kerry
Sun Oct 16, 2016 14:12:57

Washington says Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has released two US prisoners held in the Arab country, in what it praised as a “humanitarian gesture.”

Speaking to reporters in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Americans, who were not identified, left Yemen for Oman.

The top US diplomat further said the two were freed as part of complicated diplomatic arrangement that included airlifts for the Yemenis injured in a deadly Saudi bombing against a funeral in Sana’a.

The US was “very pleased” with the release of its nationals, Kerry said and vowed to “continue to work on other hostage situations here and elsewhere.”

Meanwhile, an unnamed Houthi official confirmed the prisoners’ departure from the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.

Omani state television also broadcast footage of the captives disembarking from a plane belonging to the country’s royal air force.

The US State Department welcomed the Houthis’ move to and voiced gratitude to the Omani government for facilitating the process, Press TV reported.


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