Hostage freed with Oman help
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