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Foreign Ministry working to release Egyptian citizens detained in Yemen

Egypt's foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid denied reports that the Egyptians were detained by Houthi rebels

Ahram Online , Monday 5 Dec 2016
Houthi rebels in the capital city of Sanaa (Photo: Reuters)
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Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement sent to Ahram Online on Monday that the ministry is working to release Egyptian nationals detained in Yemen.

Several news outlets are reporting that 49 Egyptian fishermen were abducted last week in Yemen's Hadida governorate, which is controlled by Houthi rebels.

Abu Zeid added that the ministry is working in coordination with the Egyptian embassy in Yemen to help release the citizens as soon as possible and dismissed earlier reports that the Egyptian nationals had been abducted by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

"The Egyptian citizens, who are from different professions, were detained and not abducted," said Abu Zeid.

Yemen has been witnessing political turbulence since 2014 when Houthi rebels took over the capital Sanaa and overthrew the country's government.

In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries began military operations against the Houthi forces.



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