Dubai: The Saudi-led coalition rescued two French journalists on Thursday who had gone missing in an area of Yemen held by the Iran-aligned Al Houthi group, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported.
The channel said the two women had been “kidnapped” by the Al Houthis on November 2 while travelling with a group of people from the province of Saada to Hajjah governorate. It did not identify the journalists and gave no details on how or when they entered Yemen or how they were rescued.
A source in the Al Houthis said the two had not been kidnapped but ordered confined to a hotel after they were found travelling near combat areas in northern Yemen without permission. The source said they were part of a fact-finding human rights mission.
A coalition spokesman could not immediately be reached for a comment.
The women were both taken to an air base in the Saudi capital Riyadh, Al Arabiya added.
The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen’s civil war in March 2015 to try to restore President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi after the Al Houthis, backed by troops loyal to former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh marched on Hadi’s southern headquarters in Aden forcing him to flee.