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French hostages released from Yemen

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 01:25

Nov. 14 - French aid workers celebrate their freedom after being held hostage by Yemeni tribes for nearly six months. Deborah Gembara reports.

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These French aid workers are free today after spending nearly six months as hostages in Yemen. Neighboring Oman helped negotiate release of their release. SOUNDBITE: Freed aid worker saying: "The three of us, we are very thankful to His Majesty, the Sultan Qaboos, Sultan of Oman, for his involvement and all the effort deployed to lead us to freedom. We are also very thankful for the great hospitality we have during our stay here in Oman. We are very happy to go back to our family, and to be finally free. Thank you so much." Oman paid the Yemeni kidnappers an unspecified sum on behalf of the French government. Kidnappings of western tourists by tribes are increasingly common in Yemen. Months of anti-government protests have weakened much of the government's already loose control over its territory. All three aid workers are affiliated with the the French charity Triangle Generation Humanitaire. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.

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French hostages released from Yemen

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 01:25