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7 Pakistani fishermen jailed in Yemen for 10 years returned

  • Released Pakistani fishermen arrived at the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Seven Pakistani fishermen who were jailed in Yemen for over a decade have returned home after efforts from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Pakistan's foreign affairs ministry. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Released Pakistani fishermen arrived at the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Seven Pakistani fishermen who were jailed in Yemen for over a decade have returned home after efforts from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Pakistan's foreign affairs ministry. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

  • Najum Abbasi, center, official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) briefs reporters about the released Pakistani fishermen in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Seven Pakistani fishermen who were jailed in Yemen for over a decade have returned home after efforts from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Pakistan's foreign affairs ministry. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Najum Abbasi, center, official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) briefs reporters about the released Pakistani fishermen in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Seven Pakistani fishermen who were jailed in Yemen for over a decade have returned home after efforts from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Pakistan's foreign affairs ministry. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

  • Released Pakistani fisherman Mohammad Siddique, fifth from left, introduces his colleagues to reporters during a news conference at the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Seven Pakistani fishermen who were jailed in Yemen for over a decade have returned home after efforts from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Pakistan's foreign affairs ministry. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Released Pakistani fisherman Mohammad Siddique, fifth from left, introduces his colleagues to reporters during a news conference at the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Seven Pakistani fishermen who were jailed in Yemen for over a decade have returned home after efforts from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Pakistan's foreign affairs ministry. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

Seven Pakistani fishermen who remained jailed in Yemen for over a decade have been returned home.

Najum Abbasi, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said Saturday that the fishermen who hail from coastal areas in the provinces of Baluchistan and Sindh, had crossed international water boundaries 10 years ago and were detained by authorities in Yemen. He said the fishermen had been held in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and were released as a result of collaborated efforts by the ICRC and Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The released fishermen returned to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, late Friday night to reunite with their families, who were brought to the airport by the ICRC.