Oral Answers to Questions — British Mission (Capture at Sanna).

– in the House of Commons on 28th October 1919.

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Photo of Colonel Charles Yate Colonel Charles Yate , Melton

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether the British mission to the Iman of Yemen, which was stated to have been captured by independent Arabs on the road from Hodeida to Sanna, has yet been released; who the mission consisted of; and, if not yet released, what information. he can give concerning it?

Mr. HARMSWORTH:

A mission composed of three or four British officers, headed by Colonel Jacob, was on its way to visit the Iman Yahya at Sanna, when it was intercepted and detained by a small section of independent Arabs who do not recognise the Iman's authority. The members of the mission are being well treated, and are all in good health, and they are in uninterrupted communication with their relatives. Negotiations for their release are in progress, and it is hoped that this will shortly be effected. Exact information as to the personnel of the mission is not at present available.