Al Jazeera crew freed in Yemen

Al Jazeera crew freed in Yemen
An Al Jazeera news crew kidnapped on January 18 in Taiz has now been freed, the satellite channel said on Thursday.
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28 January, 2016
Taiz has been a focal point in the Yemen war [Getty]
Al Jazeera said on Thursday that a three-member news crew had been freed, 10 days after being kidnapped in the flashpoint Yemeni city of Taiz.

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

The Qatar-based channel said on its website early on Thursday morning that the three had been freed "a short while ago" after having been kidnapped by "unknown gunmen".

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

"We heard them repeat 'Death to America'," a slogan the Houthis and Iranian protesters commonly chant, he wrote, adding that he would release more details about the kidnapping in coming days.

The city of Taiz is held by loyalists of Yemen's internationally recognised government, but has been under siege from the Iran-backed rebels for months.

The Houthis overran Sanaa more than a year ago, forcing Hadi's government to flee the Yemeni capital.

Hadi loyalists, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, have fought back and have been trying to retake Taiz province and pave the way towards the rebel-held capital.