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A man reads a newspaper showing a picture of the passport of Amal Ahmed al-Sadah, Osama Bin Laden's youngest wife, on May 5.
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updated 6/22/2011 4:57:56 PM ET 2011-06-22T20:57:56

Arrangements have been made to return Osama bin Laden's youngest wife, wounded in a U.S. military operation in Pakistan that targeted the al-Qaida leader, to her native Yemen, according to media reports.

Amal Ahmed al-Sadah, 29, also known as Amal Abdulfattah, is expected to be sent home from Pakistan within days, according to the reports.

Sadah has been held by Pakistani security officials since May 2, when a team of U.S. commandos stormed a compound in the northern garrison town of Abbottabad where bin Laden had been living for years in hiding. Bin Laden was shot dead, and his body was quickly disposed of at sea in accordance with Islamic practices, U.S. officials have said.

Yemeni and Pakistani diplomats have finalized arrangements for the return of Sadah and her 12-year-old daughter, Safiya, who was also injured in the raid, to Yemen, according to accounts in newspapers in Yemen and Saudi Arabia that were confirmed by officials in Riyadh, the British dailyThe Guardian reported Wednesday.

Sadah's brother, Zakariya Abdulfattah, told AFP on Wednesday the family was informed by "the foreign ministries of Yemen and Pakistan of plans concerning the return of Amal and her five children to Yemen in the coming days."

"There have been diplomatic arrangements between the Yemeni and the Pakistani parties to secure her return to her country and we have received promises that it will take place soon," he said, according to AFP.

Her brother said he had been told that Sadah is "in good health" despite sustaining a gunshot wound to the leg during the US raid.

Two of bin Laden’s other wives — Khairah Sabar and Siham Sabar — who were with him in Abbottabad, are Saudi citizens and are also in Pakistani custody. Saudi officials told the Guardian that “there was no objection to their return to Saudi Arabia.”

Bin Laden’s Saudi citizenship was revoked in 1994.

Hamza, a 22-year-old son of Bin Laden was killed in the raid.

Sadah’s family lives in in Ibb, an agricultural town in the mountains about 100 miles south of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. They has been demanding that she and her children be sent back home.

Shortly after bin Laden's killing, family members told The Associated Press they had seen their her only once since her wedding to bin Laden in 1999. Since then, communication was largely limited to messages delivered by couriers.

Sadah fled from Afghanistan with her daughter in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. She is reported to have told Pakistani investigators she had spent five years in the compound in Pakistan with bin Laden.

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  1. Pakistani boys while demolition takes place on the compound where Osama bin Laden was slain in 2011 in the northwestern town of Abbottabad on Feb. 26, 2012.

    More photos from Abbottabad one year after Osama bin Laden (Aamir Qureshi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. An aerial view shows the residential area of Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. commandos. (Asif Hassan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A general view of the town of Abbottabad, May 6. Bin Laden was living in a large house close to a military academy in this garrison town, a two-and-a-half hour-drive from the capital, Islamabad. (Khaqan Khawer / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami rally to condemn the killing of bin Laden, in Abbottabad on May 6. (Aqeel Ahmed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A Pakistani woman photographs her daughter on May , at a gate of the compound where bin Laden was caught and killed. (Aqeel Ahmed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. School girls pass by armed Pakistani policemen guarding the sealed entrance to the compound in Abbottabad, May 5, in which bin Laden had been living. (MD Nadeem / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Part of a damaged helicopter rests in the compound after U.S. Navy SEAL commandos killed bin Laden, May 2, in a photo made available on May 4. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Boys herd sheep past the compound where U.S. Navy SEAL commandos killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad May 5. (Akhtar Soomro / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Pakistani security officials arrive at the Osama bin Laden compound in Abbottabad on Wednesday, May 4. (Aamir Qureshi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Local residents gather outside a burned section of bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad. (Aamir Qureshi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A Pakistani police officer gestures at a checkpoint along a road leading to a house where bin Laden was captured and killed in Abbottabad. Area residents were still confused and suspicious about bin Laden's death, which took place before dawn on Monday. (Anjum Naveed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Pakistani children look out from a high vantage point at bin Laden's compound on Tuesday, May 3. (Aqeel Ahmed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Pakistan army troops remove canvas screens from outside the compound's house. (Anjum Naveed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Neighbors and news media gather around the compound, right, after authorities ease security around the property. (Aqeel Ahmed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. A satellite image, taken June 15, 2005, shows the Abbottabad compound, center, where bin Laden was killed in on Monday. (DigitalGlobe via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. A Pakistani soldier secures the compound. (T. Mughal / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. The compound is seen in flames after it was attacked early May 2 in this still image taken from cellphone video footage. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Part of a damaged U.S. MH-60 helicopter lies the compound. The helicopter was destroyed by U.S. forces after a mechanical failure left it unable to take off. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. A still image from video obtained by ABC News shows blood stains in the interior of the house where bin Laden was killed. (ABC News via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Aerial views released by the Department of Defense show the area in Abbottabad in 2004, left, before the house was built, and in 2011, right. (Department of Defense via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. A graphic released by the Department of Defense shows the compound where bin Laden was killed. (Department of Defense via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Pakistani soldiers and police officers patrol near the house, background, where bin Laden had lived. (Anjum Naveed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. The hideout of bin Laden is seen the day after his death. (Farooq Naeem / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Students look toward the compound from a nearby religious school in Abbottabad. (Faisal Mahmood / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Pakistani security officials survey the walls of the compound where bin Laden was killed. The outer walls were between 10 and 18 feet high. (MD Nadeem / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Pakistani soldiers stand guard near the compound May 2. (Anjum Naveed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Boys collect pieces of metal from a wheat field outside bin Laden's house, seen in the background, on May 3. People showed off small parts of what appeared to be a U.S. helicopter that the U.S. says malfunctioned and was blown up by the American team as it retreated. (Anjum Naveed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Pakistani security officials stand guard at the main entrance to the compound on May 3. (MD Nadeem / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. An image from video seized from the walled compound of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, and released by the U.S. Department of Defense, shows Osama bin Laden watching TV. He is said to have spent his last weeks in a house divided, amid wives riven by suspicions. On the top floor, sharing his bedroom, was his youngest wife and favorite. The trouble came when his eldest wife showed up and moved into the bedroom on the floor below. (Department of Defense via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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