At least four Americans are being held in Yemen by rebels who toppled the US-backed government, according to a newspaper report, and the State Department said Saturday it is “doing everything we can to get these individuals released.”
Citing unnamed sources, The Washington Post said attempts to free the Americans have failed. The Americans are believed to be imprisoned in the capital Sanaa, which Saudi Arabia has repeatedly bombed in a campaign to oust the rebels, known as Houthis, from power, the report said. “We have seen reports that several U.S. citizens have recently been detained in Yemen,” the State Department said in a statement. “We are doing everything we can to get these individuals released. “Due to privacy considerations, we do not have any further personal details or information to share,” the agency said. “The protection of U.S. citizens abroad is a top priority.” The State Department did not provide an exact number of U.S. prisoners detained.