Saudi Arabia Rescues Two American Women from Houthi-Rebel Captivity in Yemen

Saudi Arabia on Friday said it has rescued two young American women from Houthi-rebel captivity in Yemen in a joint special operations mission with the United States.

Spokesperson of the Saudi Ministry of Defense, Brigadier General Turki Al-Malki said that the two women, who were being held by the Houthi rebels in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, were released in long-standing “robust military cooperation and joint security coordination between Saudi Arabia and the US.”

According to Al-Malik, the women were detained as they visited Sanaa for a family visit. “They were mistreated and restrictions were placed on their freedom and movement, and their passports were confiscated,” Al-Malik added.

Al-Malik added that the women were taken by Saudi operatives from Sanaa to Aden, and then flown to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment.

Al-Malki called the joint operation between the Kingdom and the US to evacuate the two US citizens from Yemen, as a demonstration of the strength of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

“It is also part of the ongoing security and intelligence cooperation to combat terrorist organizations in Yemen such as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), ISIS in Yemen, and the terrorist Houthi militia that has been designated as a terrorist organization under the United Nations Security Council Resolution (2624),” Al-Malki added.

Saudi officials did not comment when the rescue mission took place.

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