British hostage in Yemen rescued by UAE forces
A British hostage has been freed in Yemen following an operation by UAE forces, the Foreign Office announced
A British hostage has been freed in Yemen following an operation by United Arab Emirates forces, the Foreign Office in London announced Sunday.
"I'm pleased to confirm that a British hostage held in Yemen has been extracted by UAE forces in a military intelligence operation," Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement reported by Agence France-Presse. "The British national is safe and well".
Emirati state news agency WAM said on Sunday that the hostage, who went missing in Feb. 2014, was taken to Abu
Dhabi on a military plane on Saturday night.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan spoke to British Prime Minister David Cameron to tell him about the release on Saturday, WAM added.
The statements did not identify the person or give any further details of the operation to free them.
Yemen has been wracked by conflict since March, when a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes against Iranian-backed Houthi militias.
Yemeni loyalists are backed by countries including Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Last year, British teacher Mike Harvey was released after being held for five months in Yemen following negotiations by the government in Sanaa.
(With AFP and Reuters)
French hostage freed in Yemen arrives in ParisAn official in the president's office said Prime was excepted to be back in Paris ... Middle East
France says Yemen hostage video is genuineThe existence of the video of Isabelle Prime, a consultant for Yemen's Social Fund ... Middle East
Yemen tribal fighters take Houthi hostagesForces allied to deposed Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh facilitated the entry ... Middle East
Al-Qaeda in Yemen blames U.S. for death of hostages in raidResidents said a woman, a 10-year-old boy and a local al Qaeda leader were among ... Middle East
U.S. failed to rescue American hostage in YemenSomers was kidnapped in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in September 2013 Middle East
Yemen’s al-Qaeda threatens to kill U.S. hostageSomers was kidnapped in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in September 2013 Middle East
Yemen rescuers sought U.S., British, S.Africa hostages in raidThere was no word on the identity of the Briton or the South African Middle East
Yemen tribesmen free German hostage: state mediaYemeni tribesmen have freed a German in his 60s whom they kidnapped in the capital ... Middle East
‘They will kill me’: Austrian hostage in Yemen makes desperate video pleaAn Austrian man, kidnapped in Yemen late last year with a Finnish couple, said in ... News
Freed Dutch hostages fly home from YemenThe couple was kidnapped on June 8 by ‘armed’ abductors News
German hostage in Yemen shown on TVThe hostage was seen for the first time since his kidnapping on a private ... Middle East