Two American hostages have been released by Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebels, the White House has said, while a British captive was also reportedly freed.
Oman’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement it had worked with Yemeni authorities in Sanaa to ensure the release of the Americans. It also considered that another American, a 35-year-old exchange to actually Islam, appeared to be always being wedged for why were usually doubtful.
Sources close to the Houthis confirmed to Xinhua that a delegation of senior Houthi officials were expected to meet the United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in Oman.
Recently, when a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition moved into the Sana’a region – where Mr. Darden was being detained – and increased its bombing campaign, Senator Vitter took several actions to make certain that the US government had communicated to the Saudi government Mr. Darden’s location in Yemen.
A member of the Houthi group, who asked to remain anonymous, told Anadolu Agency the detainees were released through negotiation with Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said.
She said she had spoken to Darden over the phone and he said the Houthis had treated him well.
Yemen has been convulsed by political turmoil since mass protests erupted in 2011 against Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president of 33 years, who later stepped down. The other was identified as 54-year-old Sam Farran, a security consultant, NBC News reported.
“We have said that their release has been our focus since we first learned of their detention, and the administration has been in regular contact with their families and representatives”, Kerry said. “He has been safely evacuated and will be reunited with his family very soon”. The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Gregory Rusovich, stated in a press release, “We can’t begin to precise the sense of joy & relief we really feel with Scott’s release”.
Casey Coombs, a freelance American journalist, was freed in June after being held by the rebels for about two weeks.