The United Nations is in close contact with the Yemeni authorities to secure the release of five UN employees abducted several days ago, a spokesman said on Monday.
The five UN staff members were abducted in the southern province of Abyan on Friday, while they were on their way back to Aden after a field mission.
The UN spokesman did not disclose the nationality of those kidnapped.
The government said on Saturday that gunmen kidnapped a vehicle carrying a UN team and that work was underway to free them.
So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the abduction.
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Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State terrorist groups are active in Yemen, taking advantage of the poor security situation in the country.
Yemen has been roiled by a devastating power struggle between the government and the Houthi rebels, who seized the capital Sana’a and other areas since late 2014.