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Saudi forces rescue 2 American women detained in Sanaa

Saudi Arabia calls on the world to stand against the Iran-backed Houthi militia

The Saudi Ministry of Defense announced, yesterday, the liberation of two American citizens through a special security operation after restricting their freedom and exposing them to ill-treatment in Sanaa, which is under the control of the Houthis, and transferring them to Riyadh.
Brigadier-General Turki Al-Maliki, the official spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Defense, said that it is an extension of the solid partnership within the framework of military cooperation and joint security coordination between the governments of the Kingdom and the US.
Brigadier Al-Maliki explained that the two American girls were detained and subjected to ill-treatment in the capital, Sanaa, during a family visit.
Brigadier Al-Maliki added that the two girls were transferred from Aden to the city of Riyadh by the Royal Saudi Air Force, and the necessary health care was provided to the two girls upon their arrival, and then they were handed over to the American officials who received them.
A US State Department spokesman expressed his country’s gratitude and thanks to Saudi Arabia for helping the two women’s departure from an area under the control of the Houthis in Yemen.
“We express our appreciation to our partners in the Saudi and Yemeni government for their assistance in facilitating their safe departure,” the spokesman told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.
“We helped secure the departure of the two women,” he added, recalling that “the well-being and safety of US citizens abroad are a top priority for the US State Department.”
Brigadier Al-Maliki affirms, according to the statement of the Saudi Ministry of Defense, that the coordination of this joint operation between the government of the Kingdom and the US to evacuate American nationals from Yemen embodies the strength of bilateral relations, and that the operation is a continuation of military cooperation and joint security coordination to serve the common interests and achieve national security for the two countries.
It comes within the framework of security and intelligence cooperation to combat terrorist organizations in Yemen, such as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, ISIS, and the Houthi terrorist militia, which has been designated a terrorist group under UN Security Council Resolution No. (2624).

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