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Yemen: Captors post video of French hostage

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Yemen: Captors post video of French hostage
Isabelle Prime, who has been taken hostage in Yemen. Photo: Screengrab/BFM TV
10:20 CEST+02:00
The captors of Frenchwoman Isabelle Prime, kidnapped in Yemen on February 24th, posted the first video of her since her abduction.
In the 21-second tape posted on YouTube, Prime is shown seated on the ground dressed in black and appeals to the French and Yemeni presidents to take action to secure her release.
Prime, a 30-year-old woman working for the World Bank, was captured in late February by unidentified gunmen in the Yemeni capital.
She was taken by six men dressed as policemen, while her driver escaped.
The woman was seized with her translator Sherine Makkaoui, who was later freed in the southern city of Aden on March 10th.
There has been no word on the identity of Prime's kidnappers.
Shortly after she was captures, the Frenchwoman's father called on her kidnappers "to show their humanity" and set her free, with France's President Francois Hollande calling for her to be released "as soon as possible".

Yemen has descended into chaos since Shiite Huthi militia swept into Sanaa from their mountain stronghold in the north last year, eventually prompting the president and prime minister to resign.

(In March, Yemeni women took part in a rally calling for Prime's release. Photo: AFP)


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