Journalist in Yemen killed while covering airstrike

Five months pregnant, a Yemeni journalist was killed on Friday in the south of the country during an attack by suspected Houthi rebels, local media reported. An amateur video posted online by the BBC…

Journalist in Yemen killed while covering airstrike

Five months pregnant, a Yemeni journalist was killed on Friday in the south of the country during an attack by suspected Houthi rebels, local media reported.

An amateur video posted online by the BBC and others showed a large explosion ripping through a vehicle in Aden. That attack appeared to target a car carrying Hayat al-Hashmawi, a prominent figure in the Yemeni national news media and one of the most vocal supporters of the government of exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Ms. al-Hashmawi, 38, was reportedly wounded by a shell fired at her by another car in September 2017, but the projectile slipped through the international airport in the capital Sanaa. She survived that attack, but the mother of one, who was expecting her second child, was reportedly killed on Friday. She was to have given birth to a daughter next month.

Saleh al-Ashwal, the head of Yemen’s National News Agency, confirmed the death of Ms. al-Hashmawi in a press release. Yemen’s Foreign Ministry expressed deep condolences to her family.

Al-Hashmawi worked for the independent Saba news agency for 16 years, and established the Saleh al-Shojaa Center for Peace and Democracy in the capital.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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