Yemen journalist killed and female colleague injured in bomb blast

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Al-Masirah TV journalist was killed in Sanaa on Friday when security forces opened fire on her car, reportedly after a security guard overheard her discussing the siege of the port city of Hodeida

A pregnant journalist has been killed and another injured in an explosion in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, while covering clashes between security forces and Houthi rebels in the country’s besieged port city of Hodeida.

Al-Masirah TV journalist Sabeeh Saleh al-Khateeb was killed on Friday afternoon when security forces opened fire on her car. She was a correspondent for Al-Masirah’s evening newscast, according to the station. Her female colleague, Fahima Fataal, was also injured.

“At the last moment, they fired at her car, she exploded and her colleague who was also the executive director was injured,” an Al-Masirah reporter told Reuters from the scene.

A video of the explosion shows the explosion, with a sound of explosions that can be heard in the background.

Al-Masirah is reportedly Yemen’s leading television station, and is owned by journalist Habeeb al-Shamwani.

The network’s executive director, who is herself a female journalist, later said in a Facebook post that, “God be with all who care for our dear Sabeeh”.

Talks between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis collapsed in April after violence escalated around the Red Sea port, including bombardments of the port and diplomatic efforts to convince Iran to bring a halt to arms smuggling into Yemen.

The UN estimates that nearly 10,000 people have been killed in the fighting, in a devastating conflict that activists fear is driving the country into famine.

Sanaa has been hit by heavy bombardment since February, when the Houthis, an Iran-backed armed group that controls the capital, launched a surprise attack on the city from the north.

More than a dozen air strikes were reported in the city on Friday.

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