السبت , يونيو 13 2020

British hostage released in Yemen

Tribal fighters loyal to Yemen's exiled government patrol at a street following heavy clashes with Houthi rebels and their allies in the central city of Taiz, Yemen,

Yemen has seen conflicts between several groups in recent months

A British national being held in Yemen has been released following a military operation, the Foreign Office has announced.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the hostage had been freed by forces from the United Arab Emirates.

The hostage, who has not been officially named, is now “safe and well” and receiving support from British officials, Mr Hammond said.

“We are very grateful for the assistance of the UAE,” he added.

Yemen has seen conflicts between several different groups in recent months, pushing the country “to the edge of civil war”, according to the UN’s special adviser.

The main fight is between forces loyal to the President, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, and those allied to Zaidi Shia rebels known as Houthis, who forced Mr Hadi to flee the capital Sanaa in February.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has also staged numerous deadly attacks from its strongholds in the south and south-east of the country.

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