UN welcomes launch of 5 workers kidnapped final 12 months in Yemen

The lads – 4 nationwide workers and a Bangladeshi citizen – have been kidnapped within the southern governorate of Abyan on 11 February 2022 after coming back from a subject mission.

UN Secretary-Normal António Guterres was delighted to be taught of their launch, noting that accessible info suggests that every one are in good well being.

Mr. Guterres was “profoundly relieved that their ordeal and the anxiousness of their households and mates have lastly come to an finish,” his deputy spokesperson, Farhan Haq, stated in a press release.

“The Secretary-Normal reiterates that kidnapping is an inhumane and unjustifiable crime, and requires the perpetrators to be held accountable,” it stated. “He additionally expresses his solidarity with different folks nonetheless held in opposition to their will in Yemen.”

In good spirits

The UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, David Gressly, additionally welcomed the event.

“I used to be extraordinarily happy to see for myself that the 4 Yemeni colleagues have been in good well being after I flew with them to Aden from Mukalla right this moment,” he stated. 

Mr. Gressly reported that all of them are in good spirits and involved with their households. He thanked the Authorities of Yemen and others that helped to safe the workers members’ launch and guarantee their well being throughout their prolonged captivity.  

“Whereas your entire UN household in Yemen is relieved that our colleagues are free, we additionally recall different UN workers are nonetheless held in opposition to their will in Yemen. We stand in solidarity with them,” he added.

The UN in Yemen

Yemen continues to face a protracted political, humanitarian and developmental disaster after greater than eight years of preventing between a pro-Authorities Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels.

Greater than 21 million folks, roughly two-thirds of the inhabitants, want assist and safety, and the UN and companions are delivering important humanitarian help and growth help. 

They’re looking for $4.3 billion to succeed in 17. 3 million folks this 12 months, however the enchantment is simply over 30 per cent funded.

A UN-led operation can also be underway in Yemen to switch greater than 1,000,000 barrels of oil from a decaying supertanker moored off the Purple Beach – one other casualty of the conflict.


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