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French hostages kidnapped in Yemen show in on-line video


08:57, September 13, 2011

SANAA, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The three French nationals who were kidnapped late in May in southern Yemen appeared in a video posted on a Yemeni website on Monday, complaining "the Yemeni and French governments have done nothing to secure their release."

"We have been held hostage for 102 days and the Yemeni and French governments have done nothing to release us from kidnappers, " a bearded white man who identified himself as one of the hostages said in French in the two-minute video posted on a Yemeni independent website, Al-Masdar Online.

The man, sitting on the floor between two French women dressing head-to-toe Islamic black robe in the video, claimed himself as the head of the French aid workers and explained that they were still in captivity because "neither the Yemeni government nor the French government have met the demands of the Yemeni kidnappers."

On June 28, a spokesman of the Yemeni government said the three French aid workers who were kidnapped on May 28 in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout "are still alive and their whereabouts has been located."

The three French nationals had worked for a French non- governmental organization, Triangle Generation Humanitaire in Yemen since 1998.


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