MADRID, Feb. 13 (.) –
At least six United Nations workers have been kidnapped this Friday in the province of Abyan, in southern Yemen, after several armed men took them to an unknown location.
The kidnapping took place in Abyan province, which is controlled by the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militia, according to the Yemen Press Agency.
Of the six members of the UN staff, one of them is Bulgarian and the other five Yemenis, according to the news portal Yemen News.
The main communications adviser of the United Nations Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen, Russell Geekie, has detailed in statements collected by the Yemen Press Agency, that several armed men kidnapped UN personnel when they returned from completing a mission in Abyan .
He has also assured that the United Nations is making efforts to contact the kidnappers and ensure their release.
The NGO International Rescue Committee, which works in the field of humanitarian aid, announced the suspension of its humanitarian activities in Abyan in early February 2021, after two of its vehicles were looted by unidentified armed men, according to Yemen. Press Agency.