French hostage freed in Yemen

By REUTERS
August 7, 2015 10:42
1 minute read.

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A French woman who was abducted in Yemen in February has been freed, the French president's office said early on Friday, adding that she would return to France in the coming hours.

Isabelle Prime, a consultant for Yemen's Social Fund for Development, and her translator Shereen Makawi were abducted by gunmen in the capital Sanaa on Feb. 24 while they were on their way to work. Yemeni tribal sources said in March Prime would be released, but only Makawi was freed at the time.

Authorities in neighboring Oman have helped in locating Prime and bringing her to the Gulf Arab sultanate at dawn before her return to France, official news agency ONA cited an unnamed official at the Omani Foreign Ministry as saying on Friday.

"Our compatriot Isabelle Prime has been freed tonight," the French statement said.

"The President of the Republic (Francois Hollande) wishes to thank all those who helped reach this outcome, and in particular Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the Sultan of Oman," the statement said, without providing any details.

Oman has often played a mediating role in hostages release and in regional diplomacy.

Kidnappings of Westerners occur sporadically in Yemen, mostly carried out by al-Qaida militants and tribesmen.

Related Content

Breaking news
July 23, 2018
Gunmen open fire and enter Erbil governor building in Iraqi Kurdistan

By REUTERS