At least 4 Americans reportedly held by Yemen’s rebels

May 31, 2015 | By | Reply More

May 31, – At least four Americans reportedly are being held by rebels in Yemen who toppled the U.S.-backed government, and the State Department said Saturday it is “doing everything we can to get these individuals released.”

hromedia Houthi Rebels In Yemen Are Holding Multiple Americans Prisoner arab uprising2The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, reported that attempts to free the Americans have failed. The four are believed to be imprisoned in the Yemen capital of Sanaa, which Saudi Arabia has repeatedly bombed in a campaign to oust the Houthi rebels from power, the newspaper reported.

“We have seen reports that several U.S. citizens have recently been detained in Yemen,” the State Department said in a statement. “We are doing everything we can to get these individuals released.

“Due to privacy considerations, we do not have any further personal details or information to share,” the agency said. “The protection of U.S. citizens abroad is a top priority.”

The State Department did not provide an exact number of U.S. prisoners detained.

The Houthis had cleared one of the prisoners for release, but the Post report says members of the rebellion reversed the decision.

Three of the four prisoners held private sector jobs and fourth holds dual American-Yemeni citizenship. None is a U.S. government employee, according to the Post.

U.S. officials and relatives requested that the Post withhold details about the four citing safety concerns.

Another American, Sharif Mobley, is also being held in Houthi custody. He’s been held for more than five years on terrorism-related charges brought by the previous government.

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.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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