Yemen says abducted Germans still alive
A Yemen government official said Thursday a family of Germans abducted seven months ago is still alive, DPA reported.
It remains unclear who seized the family. Sanaa blames Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels, who deny the charge.
Rashad al-Alami, deputy premier for security and defence, told reporters in Sanaa the Houthi rebels were still holding the five Germans and a British engineer they seized at the same time, and were forcing the adults to give medical care to wounded rebels.
On December 23, a German newspaper, Bild, reported the German government had received a video showing the children, aged 1, 3 and 5. They were alive but looked exhausted. The parents had worked in a hospital in Saada province, but are not doctors.
Responding Thursday, the German Foreign Ministry said there was no change in the situation. Berlin continued to make efforts to win the release of the group from the hostage-takers.
Three women from Germany and South Korea were murdered during the June 2009 abduction.