HOSTAGE

Two US hostages held by Houthi rebels in Yemen have been released, seemingly as part of a large prisoner exchange.
In a statement, the US state department said Sandra Loli, a humanitarian worker held for about three years, and businessman Mikael Gidada, held for about a year were freed on Wednesday midnight extending its condolences to the family of Mr Fateen.
The State Department had been working urgently to secure the deal because Mrs Loli was in ill-health.
US national security adviser Robert O’Brien thanked Sultan Haitham bin Tariq of Oman and King Salman of Saudi Arabia for their assistance, and credited President Donald Trump for his support.
Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in March 2015, when the rebels seized control of much of the west of the country and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee abroad.
The civil war has also triggered the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, with thousands of civilians dying from preventable causes, including malnutrition, disease and poor health.



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