US hostage in Yemen released

US citizen held captive by Houthi rebels released

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A US journalist held hostage by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels was released on Monday, according to reports.

Casey Coombs was one of the four US citizens being held hostage by the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Coombs, a journalist, flew to Oman when released where she was welcomed by the US ambassador.

The US journalist was captured last month, where she suffered an injury but is now believed to be in a stable condition.

Booth’s mother, Jill Hammill said: “It’s been a long and horrible ride, and this is a great outcome.”

Coombs worked for various journalism enterprises, prominently known for writing for the online publication, The Intercept.

According to the Washington Post, three US citizens who work in the private sector and one American-Yemeni dual citizen whose occupation is not known are being held captive by the Houthi rebels in Sanaa.

On Monday a video of a French woman abducted in Yemen was released, no group has taken responsibility for her capture. The woman was seen pleading for her release, the first time she was seen since her abduction in February.

Yemen is currently in a state of war, with the Houthi rebels controlling the capital Sanaa and several other municipalities. The Houthis are allied with the deposed Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Hadi, internationally recognised as the president of Yemen was forced to flee.

Saudi Arabia earlier Thursday had launched a military operation in late March, including air strikes, in Yemen against the Houthi militia with a coalition comprised of 10 countries to intervene in the escalating sectarian crisis which has gripped the country. The air strikes have done very little to force the rebels out and have killed more than 1,000 civilians and displaced over 500,000.


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