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Last updated: 10:20:51 PM GMT(+03) Saturday, 10, April, 2010
 
 

Yemen says 7 Germans kidnapped in the north

 
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By Shaher Abdulhak Saleh


Yemen accused a Shiite rebel group Sunday of kidnapping nine foreigners, including seven GErmans, in the country's rugged northern Saada province.

But the group, which is led by Abdel Malak al-Hawthi, denied any involvement and accused the government of trying to tarnish the rebels' image.

"This is a new conspiracy by the ruling regime to launch a new war and tarnish the image of the sons of Saada," the group said in a statement faxed to The Associated Press.

The Yemeni Interior Ministry said the foreigners, who it did not identify, were kidnapped while on a picnic in Saada.

The ministry said the group included a German doctor, his wife and their three children, as well as a Briton and his South Korean wife and two other German nationals.

The Foreign Ministry in Berlin confirmed that seven Germans are missing in Yemen. The ministry has organized a crisis team to deal with the matter and the German Embassy in Yemen is in contact with local authorities, it said.

The state news agency said the foreigners worked in a hospital in Saada.

Tribesmen in Yemen frequently take foreigners hostage to pressure the government on a range of demands and generally release them unharmed.

Tribesmen on Friday freed 24 local and foreign medics working at a Saudi-funded hospital in Saada less than 24 hours after their kidnapping, which was not carried out by the al-Hawthi group.

Thousands of people have been killed in Saada since a Shiite rebellion erupted there in June 2004. The rebels say the government is corrupt and too closely allied with the West. The government has charged al-Hawthi with sedition, forming an illegal armed group and inciting anti-American sentiment.

The group negotiated a fragile cease-fire with the government last year, but serious tension remains.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
 
 
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