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Yemeni Kidnappers Threaten to Kill Italian Hostages

Yemeni tribesmen holding five Italians hostage have threatened to kill them if government forces gathering near their remote hideout attack.

The tribesmen made the threat Monday. Yemen's prime minister, Abdel-Kader Bajammal, says the government will not negotiate with the kidnappers and will use pressure to gain the release of the Italian tourists.

Officials said the Italians are being held by members of the al-Zaydi tribe who want the government to release eight jailed tribesmen.

Officials say the kidnappers offered to free three women among the hostages shortly after their abduction Sunday. But the three refused to leave without their two male companions.

On Saturday, five German tourists were released unharmed after being held three days by Yemeni tribesmen demanding the release of jailed tribe members.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and Reuters.