Sources in Yemen say the U.S. couple that was kidnapped and then released were let go thanks to tribal mediation and pressure by Yemeni security forces. The Americans, who are in their thirties were kidnapped while they were on their way from Sana’a to Manakhah and were staying at Burj al-Salam Hotel in Sana’a. They live and work in Dubai, and were visiting Yemen for the weekend. According to the Yemen Observer, their trip was organized by Easy Travel Co. The kidnappers, had been demanding that the Yemeni government release a family member from prison in Sana’a.