At least 4 Americans held by Yemen’s rebels – report
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At least four Americans are being held in Yemen by rebels who toppled the U.S. backed government, the Washington Post reported late Friday.
Citing unnamed sources, the report says attempts to free the Americans have failed. The Americans are believed to be imprisoned in the capital Sanaa, which Saudi Arabia has repeatedly bombed in a campaign to oust the rebels, known as Houthis, from power, the report said.
The Houthis had cleared one of the prisoners for release, but the report said members of the Houthi rebellion reversed that decision.
Three of the prisoners held private sector jobs, and the fourth holds dual U.S. Yemini citizenship. None is a U.S. government employee, the report says.
The Post report says the newspaper is withholding details about the four, at the request of relatives and U.S. officials, who cited safety concerns.
One more American is being held in Yemen. Sharif Mobley is also in Houthi custody. He's been held for more than five years on terrorism-related charges brought by the previous government; his capture has been reported previously.
Few details were available. The U.S. has limited contact with the Houthis.
The Post report said those most recently detained are among dozens of Americans who were unable to leave Yemen or who chose to remain in the country after the U.S. closed its embassy.
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