Two Americans, 240 Yemen rebel backers freed in apparent swap

Washington (AFP) – Two captive Americans were freed Wednesday in Yemen as more than 200 supporters of the country’s Huthi rebels were allowed to return home, in an apparent swap involving Saudi Arabia and Oman.The White House announced that humanitarian worker Sandra Loli and businessman Mikael Gidada had been freed by the Iranian-backed Huthi rebels who control much of Yemen including its capital Sanaa.The rebels also sent back the remains of a third American, Bilal Fateen, the White House said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Fateen died in captivity, without providing details.Robert O’B…

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