US says 2 hostages released from Houthi custody, thanks Saudi Arabia for help

Houthis raise weapons as they chant slogans during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters in Sanaa, Yemen, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP)

Two US hostages have been released from the custody of the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, the White House said Wednesday.

The US welcomed the release of Sandra Loli and Mikael Gidada from custody of the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen. It also announced that the remains of Bilal Fateen would be repatriated.

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“We extend our sincerest thanks to Sultan Haitham bin Tariq of Oman and King Salman of Saudi Arabia for their efforts to secure the release of our citizens,” a statement from the White House said.

Houthi militants have previously detained UN and other humanitarian workers, claiming the aid workers were spying.

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