Cairo: Oman has said that US hostages held in Yemen were released and flown to the sultanate. The released hostages were transported to Oman aboard the Royal Force of Oman aircraft ahead of their repatriation, it added.
“In compliance with the Royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tareq to help release a number of American citizens held in Yemen and, building on humanitarian and political efforts, the bodies concerned in the sultanate contacted authorities in Sana’a which, thankfully, responded to the sultanate’s endeavours and agreed to release the American citizens,” the Omani news agency ONA said.
The two flights operated to the Yemeni capital also carried 250 Yemenis, who were receiving medical treatment in Oman and abroad, ONA reported.
Oman did not specify the number of the US citizens released in Sana’a, which is under the control of Iran-aligned Al Houthi militia.
But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that two American hostages, held captive by Al Houthis in Yemen, were released.
“I would like to thank Sultan Haitham bin Tariq of Oman, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia for their diplomatic efforts,” he said.
Pompeo added that a third American had died while in captivity and his remains are being repatriated.