Abducted Al Jazeera journalists regain freedom in Yemen

By The Citizen

Al Jazeera Media Network has announced the release of its Arabic news team who were kidnapped in the city of Taiz in Yemen.

Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent, Hamdi Al-Bokari, and his crew, Abdulaziz Al-Sabri and Moneer Al-Sabai, were released on Thursday after disappearing ten days ago.

The identity of the kidnappers is still not clear, but the three were tortured psychologically on four different occasions.

Commenting on the release of the Al Jazeera three, Dr Mostefa Souag, Acting Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network, said: 'We are relieved that our colleagues Hamdi Al-Bokari, Abdulaziz Al-Sabri and Moneer Al-Sabai have been released. They were simply doing their job of reporting the story from the besieged city of Taiz and covering the ongoing events in Yemen. It is tragic to see that in times of conflict, journalists continue to be targeted. Journalists should be able to do their work freely and without fear of harm, abduction or unlawful arrest.'