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SAN’A, Yemen (AP) – A Yemeni clan chief says armed tribesmen released 24 local and foreign medics working at a Saudi hospital in the country’s north, less than 24 hours after their kidnapping.

Sheik Hezam al-Amrani, whose tribe was involved in the abduction, says the medics were freed early Friday after kidnappers got assurances through mediators that their demands would be met.

The armed tribesmen had commandeered the bus with the medics on Thursday and taken it to a mountainous area in Amran province north of he capital, San’a.

The medics included male and female nurses from Egypt, India, Sudan and the Philippines.

Tribesmen in Yemen frequently take foreigners hostage to pressure the government on a range of demands, and generally release them unharmed.

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