Gunmen Kidnap Swiss Red Cross Worker In Yemen


Gunmen who belong to Al Marakisha tribe on Monday kidnapped a Swiss man in the city of Jaar, in Abyan province, Yemen, said Hussain Al Wahayshi, a local commander of the Popular Resistance Committees.

Gunmen from the same tribe briefly held two Indian ICRC staff last week.

According to witnesses, the gunmen intercepted a car transporting the Swiss man and forced him to step out before they took him to an unknown destination.

Al Wahayshi said two Yemenis, including the driver, accompanying the Swiss man were ordered by the captors to leave. The gunmen beat them when they attempted to block the kidnapping, he added.

Last Wednesday, armed tribesmen briefly held two Indian ICRC employees in Jaar and led them to a mountainous region, before they released them after Al Wahayshi’s paramilitary group intervened.

On May 6, Marakisha gunmen snatched two Egyptian technicians working at a cement factory in Abyan. They have not yet been released.

Most kidnappings of foreigners are carried out by members of Yemen’s powerful tribes who use them as bargaining chips in disputes with the central government.

Hundreds of people have been abducted in Yemen over the past 15 years, almost all of who have been freed unharmed.