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    Journalists Seized in Yemen Released, Including Sputnik Correspondent

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    All 40 staff of the Al Yaman al-Yaum TV station as well as the freelance Sputnik correspondent who were seized two weeks ago were released Wednesday by their captors in Yemen.

    "In the evening of December 13, I and the other 40 employees of [Yemeni TV channel Yemen Today] were released, 12 days after the channel's building was captured on December 2," Sputnik's correspondent said in a statement.

    The group of journalists were captured and detained December 2 after rebels from the Shiite Houthi movement, also known as Ansar Allah, raided the news station's building in Sanaa, Yemen.

    The raid on the station is said to be linked to clashes that broke out between Houthis and supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, which have been underway since Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC) party said that the rebels attempted to carry out a coup. Saleh was later killed by rebels on December 4 and was buried five days later.

    In response to the raid, Sputnik's press service released a statement that read, "We are doing everything possible to determine the fate of and find our freelance correspondent in Yemen who went missing after the [Houthi] rebels took over the TV center building in Sana'a where he was at the time with other journalists."

    It was reported earlier that the correspondent's home was raided after his capture, and that some of the journalists launched a hunger strike to protest their detention. On Sunday, a Houthi representative promised Sputnik that the journalists would be freed.  

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