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Report: At least 4 Americans held by Yemen's rebels

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- At least four Americans are being held in Yemen by rebels who toppled the U.S. backed government.

That's according to a report in The Washington Post which cites unnamed sources who say attempts to free the Americans have failed. The report says the Americans are believed to be imprisoned in the capital Sanaa, which Saudi Arabia has repeatedly bombed in a campaign to oust the rebels, known as Houthis, from power.

The Houthis had cleared one of the prisoners for release, but the report says members of the Houthi rebellion reversed that decision.

The report says none of the Americans held is a U.S. government employee. Three of the prisoners held private sector jobs, and the fourth holds dual U.S. Yemini citizenship.

The newspaper is withholding details about the four because of safety concerns.

One more American is being held in Yemen. Sharif Mobley is also in Houthi custody. He's been held for more than five years on terrorism-related charges brought by the previous government.

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