German held in Yemen released after Oman's mediation

German held in Yemen released after Oman's mediation
Having been kept captive in rebel-held Sanaa, the German has been freed with the the help of Omani officials.
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22 June, 2016
The unidentified German was being held in Sanaa, a stronghold of the Houthis [Getty]
A German man held in Yemen has been freed with the help of Oman and was flown to the sultanate on Tuesday, the official ONA news agency has revealed.

Authorities in Germany had approached Oman to negotiate the release of the man from the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, "for humanitarian reasons", it said.

The identity of the man remains unclear, as do the circumstances of his detention, including who seized him and when.

He was airlifted from Sanaa to Muscat on an Omani air force plane pending his return home, said ONA.

Yemen has been at war since September 2014, when Iran-backed Houthi rebels and their allies drove the government out of Sanaa and much of the country's north.

Oman is the only Gulf country that has good relations with Iran and the rebels - under fire from a Saudi-led military coalition.

It has previously negotiated the release of foreigners held in Sanaa.

In April, Omani armed forces evacuated an American from the capital following a similar request for assistance from the United States.

And in September, Oman helped to negotiate the release of a Briton, two Americans and three Saudis held by the Houthis.