Houthi rebels free American journalist in Yemen

Casey Coombs, an American freelance journalist held in captivity by Houthi rebels in Yemen, has been freed and has arrived in Oman.  Mr. Coombs, who was seized in mid-May, had been covering the war in Yemen and was released through the intervention of the Omani government.

Coombs, a freelance correspondent whose news bulletins had been published in The Intercept, Time and The American Prospect, had written extensively about the war in Yemen, particularly the fighting in Saana; Coombs’ last reports to Western news outlets and comments through his twitter account illustrated the dire situation in Saana and reflected his eagerness to exit the war-torn country.

We are grateful to the government of Oman and personally to Sultan Qaboos for assisting with the safe passage of a US citizen to Oman,” Jill Hammill said, Coombs’ mother.

Ms. Hammill isn’t the only one who owes a debt of gratitude to the Omani government.

Oman has demonstrated it is more than a compassionate referee, but a government filled with and willing to impart grace in abundance.