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Yemeni journalists injured in airstrike

Artist and activist Thiyazen al-Alawi paints a mural on a wall of a hospital as part of a cholera awareness campaign in Sanaa, Yemen, May 23, 2017
Artist and activist Thiyazen al-Alawi paints a mural on a wall of a hospital as part of a cholera awareness campaign in Sanaa, Yemen, May 23, 2017

REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

This statement originally appeared on cpj.org on 3 August 2017.

Shawqi Hussein, a reporter for the broadcaster Al-Maseerah, and cameraman Kamal al-Kabsi were injured in an airstrike on July 30, 2017, in the Shabwa province town of Bayhan, Yahya al-Kabsi, a graphic designer in Al-Maseerah's Beirut office, told CPJ.

The journalists were at Al-Maseerah's office in Shabwa processing footage from a protest against the Saudi-led naval blockade of areas under the control of the Houthis and their allies earlier that day when a missile fired by an airplane hit the building, Al-Maseerah reported.

At least one person was killed in the attack, according to the same video. CPJ was unable to verify the victim's identity, but the channel described him as a local resident.

Both Al-Kabsi and Shawqi were taken to a local hospital. Video footage shows both journalists denouncing the Saudi-led coalition for the airstrike.

Airstrikes have killed at least two other journalists for Al-Maseerah since Saudi Arabia and its allies began bombing Yemen in March 2015. That month, a coalition spokesman said its forces would target media outlets that supported the Houthis, without elaborating.

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