A pregnant Yemeni journalist was killed in a car bomb attack in the southern port city of Aden yesterday. It is the latest such killing to have afflicted the interim capital of the recognised government.
An explosive device was reportedly attached to the vehicle carrying Rasha Abdullah Al-Harazi and her husband Mahmoud Al-Atmi, who was taking her to the hospital to give birth to their second child. The unborn baby was also killed. Three passers-by were wounded.Al-Atmi is also a journalist and was injured in the attack. Both husband and wife are said to have worked for a Gulf television channel. Some reports named it the UAE-based Asharq.
Although no group has claimed responsibility, Al-Atmi suspects that Houthi forces were behind the explosion. “They were trying to find out my home address,” he told AFP. Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed has called the incident a “terrorist attack”.
The explosion came almost three weeks after six people died in a similar attack against the city’s governor, who survived.
Aden has been beset by targeted killings and instability amid a power struggle between the internationally-recognised government, supported by Saudi Arabia, and the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), which seized the city in 2019. The STC and the government have accused each other of being behind assassinations and instigating armed clashes involving their respective armed militias.