Patrick Semansky / Pool / AFP via Getty ImagesNational security adviser Robert O’Brien speaks during a news conference on Sept. 21, 2020, at the US State Department in Washington, D.C. (Patrick Semansky / Pool / AFP via Getty Images)
An American humanitarian worker and a businessman held captive by Iranian-backed militants in Yemen were released on Wednesday in the country’s capital, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said.
He said another American detained in Yemen had died in captivity.
The two Americans and the remains of Bilal Fateen, a U.S. citizen who died in custody, were exchanged for 200 individuals loyal to the Islamist Houthi movement fighting in Yemen against forces supported by Saudi Arabia.
“The United States welcomes the release today of U.S. citizens Sandra Loli and Mikael Gidada from Houthi custody in Yemen,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien said in a statement.
“We send our condolences to the family of Bilal Fateen, whose remains will