Kidnapped Al Jazeera crew in Yemen has been freed

Published January 28th, 2016 - 09:30 GMT

Al Jazeera announced the release of a three-man news crew for the Qatar-based channel on Thursday. The captives were freed more than 10 days after being kidnapped in the city of Taez, Yemen.

Reporter Hamdi al-Bokari, driver Munir al-Subaie and cameraman Abdulaziz al-Sabri went missing on January 18 while reporting on the conflict between rebels and Gulf-backed forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

The news channel announced on its website early Thursday morning that the three men had been released "a short while ago" after having been kidnapped by "unknown gunmen".

Bokari revealed in a message on his Facebook page that he had been held by Houthi rebels, under fire since March from a Saudi-led coalition, of which Qatar is a member.

Bokari said he plans to reveal more details about the kidnapping in the following days.

The city of Taez is controlled by loyalists of the Yemeni government, but it has been under the siege of Houthi rebels for months.

The Houthis took Sanaa over a year ago, forcing Hadi's government to flee the Yemeni capital.


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