Pregnant Yemeni journalist killed in car explosion

Journalist Rasha Abdullah al-Harazi was in a car with her husband, Mahmoud Ameen al-Atmy, also a reporter, when the incident occurred. An explosive device was planted in the car while the journalists were driving near the coast of Abyan, the country’s state agency reported.

Al-Atmy survived the blast but was seriously injured, according to the Yemen Union of Journalists (YJS).

“The Union considers this crime a reprehensible precedent and expresses fear that it will serve as a dangerous indicator of a new and violent phase directed against journalists in Yemen,” the YJS said.

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A video filmed by Reuters showed the aftermath of the blast, with several onlookers inspecting the charred shell of the vehicle on the side of the road. The front of the car appeared to have been completely destroyed by the explosive.

Yemen’s Ministry of Human Rights, backed by Saudi Arabia, said al-Harazi was nine months pregnant, while the Saudi-owned television channel Al Arabiya said al-Atmy worked for them as a reporter.

The YJS called the blast a “targeted” attack, yet no group has claimed responsibility yet.

Aden serves as a temporary seat for the Saudi-backed government, which has continued to fight Iranian-backed Houthi rebels across the war-torn country. The years-long civil war has cost thousands of lives and plunged Yemen into a humanitarian crisis.
The city, however, is controlled by the Southern Transitional Council, a separatist group, which often clashes with the government despite a power sharing agreement signed in Riyadh.

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