French woman kidnapped in Yemen: foreign ministry

24th February 2015, Comments 0 comments

A French woman working for an international organisation in the Yemeni capital Sanaa was kidnapped on Tuesday morning, France's foreign ministry said.

"We unfortunately confirm the kidnapping this morning in Sanaa of a French citizen," read a statement from the ministry, urging "all our compatriots to leave the country as fast as possible."

A Yemeni security source said the woman and her local guide were abducted in the centre of the capital while in a taxi by unidentified armed men.

Yemen has descended into chaos since Shiite Huthi militia swept into Sanaa from their mountainous northern stronghold last year.

The Huthis overran the capital in September and installed a "presidential council" last month in a move widely condemned as a "coup."

Since then, France has joined countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United States, Egypt and Germany in shuttering its embassy in Sanaa.

© 2015 AFP

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