Hostage freed with Oman help

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A French-Tu­nisian wo­man work­ing for the Red Cross has been re­leased af­ter nearly a year in cap­tiv­ity in Ye­men, the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross said late on Mon­day. An ICRC state­ment said that Nourane Houas had ar­rived in Oman’s cap­i­tal, Muscat, af­ter be­ing freed by her Ye­meni cap­tors. Houas was kid­napped by a group of armed men on her way to work in Ye­men’s cap­i­tal, Sanaa, on De­cem­ber 1, 2015. A col­league with her was re­leased un­harmed a few hours later but she was held. She ap­peared in a video in May ask­ing French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande to save her life. Hol­lande “ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to all those who al­lowed for a happy end­ing to this or­deal”, no­tably the Sul­tan of Oman, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Hol­lande’s of­fice. In a tweet, Mau­rer thanked ev­ery­one who worked to se­cure her re­lease, say­ing: “Re­spect for hu­man­i­tar­ian work­ers and their neu­tral­ity is vi­tal.” Houas landed in Muscat on an Omani air force flight.

FREE: Houas af­ter land­ing in Oman

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