Briton held hostage in Yemen freed

A British national held hostage in Yemen is “safe and well” after being freed by United Arab Emirates forces, David Cameron has said.

David Cameron

The Briton, named by the UAE’s state news agency as Douglas Robert Semple, 64, was released in a military intelligence operation.

He had reportedly been working as an engineer when he was kidnapped in February last year.

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Mr Cameron said he was “so pleased” for the family of the Briton and thanked the UAE forces for the rescue mission.

He said: “I’m so pleased for the family of the British hostage in Yemen - who has been released safe and well. Thanks to the UAE for their help.”

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who is in the Iranian capital Tehran, said the Briton was receiving support from UK officials.

He said: “I’m pleased to confirm that a British hostage held in Yemen has been extracted by UAE forces in a military intelligence operation.

“The British national is safe and well and is receiving support from British Government officials. We are very grateful for the assistance of the UAE.”