According to Reuters, a Czech female physician was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a on Saturday (February 22), the third foreigner to be abducted this month.
The kidnapping occurred as she was walking in the capital.
Earlier on Saturday, militants in the country's southern province of Shabwa, shot and killed Colonel Ahmed Hashem who was assassinated in the city of Atak.
COMMENT: Yemen, home to an active al-Qaeda franchisee, has long wrestled with instability, internal conflicts and deficient governance.
Protests in 2011 forced former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to end his more than three decades in power, but a political transition process has yet to calm a rebellion by Shi'ite Muslims in the north and a secessionist movement in the south.
It is essential that all foreigners living in Yemen request, in writing, from your employers, answers to the following:
1. Have you received an in-depth security briefing for serving in Yemen?
2. What was the duration of the security briefing?
3. Does your employer provide you kidnap/ransom insurance while assigned in Yemen?
4. Does your employer provide you fully-armored and/or partially armored protective vehicles while in a working capacity in Yemen?
5. Are armed guards provided to you at no cost at your employer-provided quarters?
6. What is the number of armed guards provided to you at no cost to you at your residence?
7. If you are injured by an act of terrorism while employed in Yemen will your employer accept full responsibility for your medical treatment to include medical evacuation to a country in which you can competently be restored to full health;
8. If you are killed by an act of terrorism while working in Yemen what is the total amount your beneficiary will receive in the event of your death?
9. If you are disabled as a result of injuries sustained during an act of terrorism in Yemen, what is the highest amount of compensation that you will receive for your injuries?
10. If you are permanently disabled and/or killed as a result of your being kidnapped while serving in Yemen, what is the maximum amounts you will receive from your employer for being permanently disabled and/or killed?
If your employer accepts NO responsibility for any of the ten foreseeable events described above, it is entirely possible that you have been forced to accept far more personal risk than you should.
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