Yemeni Journalist Killed in Car Blast in Aden: Official

A Yemeni journalist was killed in a car blast in Aden governorate in the southern port city of Yemen.

Yemen Information Minister, Moammar Al-Iryani said that Saber Al-Haidari, an employee with the ministry who also worked for Japan’s NHK television network, was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) planted in his car in Aden’s Al-Mansoura district.

In a series of tweets, Al-Iryani has strongly condemned the assassination of Al-Haidari, who according to him, left Sana’a in 2017 after being “harassed by terrorist Houthi militia.”

“The terrorist crime comes months after the targeting of journalist Mahmoud al-Otomi and his wife, Rasha al-Harazi, which confirms that journalists now become a target of Houthi militia, and the systematic targeting aims to intimidate them not to carrying out their mission from liberated areas,” Al-Iryani said.

Al-Iryani called on the international community to take an immediate stance against heinous crimes committed by Houthi militia against journalists, including “killing, abduction, enforced disappearance, displacement, and looting of assets.”

Yemen has been mired in a seven-year conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and the Iranian-backed Houthi group and the Aden city has been rocked by several explosions in recent years.

Though the warring parties in Yemen have extended two more months’ UN-brokered ceasefire, before the cessation of fighting, the Houthi group has attacked the Aden city with ballistic missiles and explosives-laden drones.

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