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25 February 2024

Houthis accused of kidnapping journalists

By Agencies

Yemen's loyalist militia on Friday accused rebels of responsibility for the kidnapping of two Al Jazeera journalists and their driver who went missing in the flashpoint central city of Taez.

Al Jazeera correspondent Hamdi Al Bokari, his colleague Abdulaziz Al Sabri and driver Munir Al Subaie have been missing since Monday night.

The Doha-based news channel has said Bokari, who was covering the conflict between rebels and forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, had apparently been kidnapped.

The Popular Resistance militia charged that Houthi rebels and their allies were behind the kidnapping of the three men.

Their car was found abandoned near the central Hurriya square, an area under the control of loyalists, it said.

The city of Taez is held by loyalists of Yemen's internationally recognised government.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Friday called for the immediate release of Bokari and his companions.