August 24, 2015
British Hostage Douglas Semple Freed
The video was online for barely half an hour before it was removed. But Semple’s wish was finally granted this weekend when UAE forces based in the embattled city of Aden managed to rescue him in what they called a “military intelligence operation”.Update: Also freed
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British hostage freed in Yemen after 18 months of chaos and power struggles
The UAE said in a statement it had transported Semple to a safe location in Aden before flying him out on Saturday night to the Emirates capital Abu Dhabi, where he was met by the British ambassador.
It is understood he was taken to a hospital in the country’s capital and was able to speak to his wife in Britain. He will be reunited with her when he is flown back to the UK following medical checks.
The Abu Dhabi crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan called David Cameron to tell him of Semple’s release.
“I’m so pleased for the family of the British hostage in Yemen – who has been released safe and well,” Cameron later tweeted. “Thanks to the UAE for their help.”
CNN: French national Isabelle Prime, who was working for an international organization when she was kidnapped in February along with her Yemeni translator in the capital, Sanaa, was freed earlier this month.