Paris (AFP) – A French woman working for an international organization was abducted Tuesday in Sanaa, announced in Paris the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
“All our services are. mobilized to locate and get the early release of our compatriot, “said a statement from the Foreign Ministry, which had recently called the French to leave this country plagued by unrest.
The capital of Yemen is currently controlled by Houthis Shiite militiamen.
A source Yemeni security services said the French had been kidnapped Tuesday morning in central Sanaa, by unidentified armed men.
The source said the French were intercepted by the gunmen with his Yemeni companion while they were on board a taxi. The two women were taken to an unknown destination.
In early February, France and other Western countries closed their embassies in Yemen. Paris was then advised his hundred citizens to leave the country “as soon as possible.” French interests in Yemen had been supported earlier this month by the Moroccan representation in the country. But this is no longer the case today, Morocco is also withdrew from Yemen. Paris is studying the possibilities of representation, according to diplomatic sources.
Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled Sanaa on Saturday, said since Aden, the capital of the former South Yemen, that he assumed his duties, calling “null and void” all measures taken by the Houthis.
The French President Francois Hollande called Tuesday’s release “as soon as possible.”
“We are trying to locate,” said Mr Hollande told reporters, adding that the woman was 30 years old and worked for the World Bank.