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UAE special forces rescue British hostage in Yemen

UAE special forces rescue British hostage in Yemen

Special Forces from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have rescued a British hostage held for more than 18 months by Al-Qaeda in Yemen, authorities in Abu Dhabi and London said .
Robert Douglas Semple, a 64-year-old oil worker, had been kidnapped by Al-Qaeda in February 2014 while working in Yemen’s Hadramawt province, a stronghold of the jihadist group, a statement carried by the UAE’s official WAM news agency said.
It said that UAE forces freed Semple in a military operation on Saturday and took him to Yemen’s main southern city of Aden, from where he was flown to Abu Dhabi overnight.
Emirati forces are among troops taking part in a Saudi-led campaign supporting Yemen’s government against Houthi rebels.
The statement provided no details about the operation or where Semple had been held.
The Foreign Office in London confirmed that a British hostage in Yemen had been freed by UAE forces but did not identify him and also provided no further details.

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