Yemen: Armed men kidnap five UN staff

Yemen-(Berberanews)-Unknown armed men kidnapped five United Nations personnel in southern Yemen as they returned to Aden after a field tour.

According to Russell Geekie, a spokesman for the top UN official in Yemen, the crew was kidnapped on Friday in the Abyan governorate.

On Saturday, Geekie added, “The United Nations is in close communication with the authorities to seek their release.”

At a news conference, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric declined to answer questions about the issue, saying, “We are aware of this instance but, for obvious reasons, we are not commenting.”

Yemen’s internationally recognized government, which is based in south Yemen, said on Saturday that it was working with the UN Department of Security to securely rescue the workers