Casey Coombs, U.S. Hostage in Yemen, Freed and Reported Safe

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Casey Coombs, a freelance journalist being held hostage in Yemen, has been released and has arrived safely in Oman, the State Department said Monday.

Coombs, a journalist based in Sana'a, the Yemeni capital, who writes for The Intercept, the BBC, GlobalPost (an NBC News partner) and other news outlets, was reported stable, said Marie Harf, the State Department spokeswoman.

Coombs was last heard from May 14, when he tweeted that fighting in Sana'a appeared to have settled down.

The State Department wouldn't say how many Americans are still believed to be held in Yemen, nor would it confirm that they were being held by Shiite Houthi rebels, who have gained ground after the central government fell last year.

The Washington Post, quoting U.S. officials working for the release of the hostages, reported last week that at least U.S. citizens were being held by the rebels. All were described as unaffiliated with the U.S. government.

Abigail Williams of NBC News contributed to this report.

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