Houthis free presidential chief-of-staff: Yemen source

SANAA – Yemen's Shiite Houthi group has released abducted presidential chief-of-staff Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak, a presidential source said Tuesday.

"The Houthis freed bin Mubarak this evening and handed him over to tribal leader Sheikh Awad al-Wazir," the source told The Anadolu Agency.

Bin Mubarak was abducted by Houthi militants at a checkpoint in capital Sanaa last week and taken to an undisclosed location.

His release came shortly after a meeting between Houthi leaders and tribal representatives from the southern Shabwah province, during which the two sides reached a deal for bin Mubarak's release.

Houthi militants seized control of Sanaa last September before moving on to establish control over other parts of the country.

The rise of the Houthis has pitted the Shiite group against local Sunni tribes and Al-Qaeda, the latter of which is said to remain active in the fractious country.

Yemen has remained in the throes of political turmoil since autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in 2012 following a months-long popular uprising against his 33-year rule.

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