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In Yemen, captured nine foreigners. Among them there are children

June 14 2009
15:10

In Yemen, the kidnapped foreigners. Among them, seven German citizens - a married couple with three children and two nurses. The hostages were also a British citizen and native of South Korea.

It is noted that foreigners are members of the international organizations cooperating with the hospital in Saada in northern Yemen. According to the Ministry of Defense, their captors - the Shiite rebels operating in the area. The exact date of kidnapping nine foreigners were not named, who took them hostage so far have not raised any demands.

Seizure of foreigners in Yemen is considered by local tribal militias best means of "dialogue" with the government in solving various problems. Over the past 15 years, there have been abducted more than 200 foreigners. Several times by force the Yemeni authorities had attempted to free the hostages, but all ended tragically. In 2000, during a military operation of the Yemeni security forces killed kidnapped a Norwegian diplomat. And in 1998, four of the 16 captured foreign tourists were killed during the rescue operations.

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