Al Jazeera reporter in Yemen missing in Taiz

An Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent is missing and is believed to have been kidnapped while reporting in the besieged Yemeni city of Taiz.

Hamdi al-Bokari, a Yemeni national, was last seen around 10pm on Monday in the middle of the war-torn central city, according to a statement by Al Jazeera Arabic.

At the time, Bokari was accompanied by two people.

AJA said in the statement on Thursday that there were “indications that he had been kidnapped by unknown persons”.

In the statement, the network called for the immediate release of its correspondent and for his kidnappers “to bear full responsibility for his safety and security”.

“Hamdi was reporting on the reality of the besieged city of Taiz and the humanitarian crisis of its people,” the statement said.

Bokari has worked for Al Jazeera Arabic since 2006.

Strategic gateway

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was allowed to enter the city to supply hospitals for the first time in five months. Heavy fighting and a lack of medical supplies have caused many hospitals and clinics to close.

Two MSF trucks filled with medical supplies entered Taiz to re-supply hospitals that were struggling to cope with a large number of victims from fighting in the city.

Taiz has become a flashpoint in the ongoing Yemeni war between the Iran-allied Houthi fighters, who control the capital Sanaa, and forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Hadi loyalists control Aden and much of the country’s south with the backing of an Arab coalition assembled by Saudi Arabia.

Taiz is seen as a strategic gateway between Sanaa and the south.