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.