The Courier-Mail

Rebels take US hostages


WASHINGTON: At least four Americans are being held in Yemen by rebels who toppled the US-backed government.

The State Department said yesterday it was “doing everything we can to get these individual­s released”.

Citing unnamed sources, The Washington Post said attempts to free the Americans had 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 in the country.

Three of the prisoners held private-sector jobs and the fourth holds dual US-Yemeni citizenshi­p.

None is a US government employee, the report said.

The Washington Post report said the newspaper was withholdin­g details about the four at the request of relatives and US officials, who had cited safety concerns.

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