The three aid workers kidnapped in Yemen have been released shortly after their abduction. A French national and two Yemenis, belonging to the International Committee of the Red Cross staff, were released on November 25, after two days of captivity in the hands of members of a secessionist group seeking greater independence for southern Yemen.
The workers are now back at the ICRC base in the city of Aden, in southern Yemen. Kidnapping of foreigners is a common practice in southern Yemen. The captives are used as an exchange instrument to negotiate concessions with officials. In the past 15 years, more than 200 foreigners have been kidnapped in the region.
The militant Southern Movement that was behind the abduction of the three demanded the release of four detainees held by Yemeni officials. The members of the militants were assured that the four would be released after the Red Cross workers were freed.