US says 2 hostages released from Houthi custody, thanks Saudi Arabia for help

US says 2 hostages released from Houthi custody, thanks Saudi Arabia for help

Two US hostages have been released from the custody of the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, the White House said Wednesday.

The US welcomed the release of Sandra Loli and Mikael Gidada from custody of the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen. It also announced that the remains of Bilal Fateen would be repatriated.

“We extend our sincerest thanks to Sultan Haitham bin Tariq of Oman and King Salman of Saudi Arabia for their efforts to secure the release of our citizens,” a statement from the White House said.

Houthi militants have previously detained UN and other humanitarian workers, claiming the aid workers were spying.

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