Three people working for the Swiss-run International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have been kidnapped in Yemen.
The three were delivering food to refugees in the southern province of Lahj when they were kidnapped, a spokesman for the Geneva-based ICRC, Marcal Izard, told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
“We are in touch with the authorities and local elders to resolve the issue quickly,” Izard said. “They say they are being treated well.”
The three kidnapped workers include an ICRC delegate, her Yemeni driver and a member of the Yemeni Red Crescent. One of the group is believed to be a non-Yemeni national.
A Yemeni security official said the country’s military was negotiating the release of the aid workers with the Southern Movement, a secessionist group that wants independence for the south.
Security in Yemen has been particularly precarious since anti-government uprisings began against the 30-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh earlier this year.