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Al Jazeera bureau in Yemen forcibly closed

Al Jazeera bureau in Yemen forcibly closed
From Al Jazeera - January 9, 2018

Al Jazeera has condemned the forced closure of its bureau in Yemen's southern city of Taiz.

The office was ordered shut by soldiers on Tuesday for reasons that were not made clear, Al Jazeera Media Network said in a statement.

"The Yemeni military force belonging to the Higher Security Command in Taiz, southern Yemen, stormed Al Jazeera Media Network's offices in the city and forcefully ordered its closure," it said.

"The Network calls on the authorities in the city of Taiz to reverse its decision and allow Al Jazeera's journalists to carry out their professional responsibilities duties without any hindrance or intimidation."

It was not the first time Al Jazeera journalists have been targeted in the city. Three network staff were abducted in Taizin January last year.

It is extremely dangerous for media workers to report throughout the war-torn country. Houthi rebels last month attacked the Yemen Al Youm TV channeland took dozens of media staff hostage.

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