Artist and activist Thiyazen al-Alawi paints a mural on a wall of a hospital in Sanaa as part of a cholera-awareness campaign. In one of the biggest outbreaks of the disease in modern history, more than 425,000 people in Yemen have contracted cholera, nearly 2,000 of whom have died, since the Saudi-led coalition began bombing the country in 2015. (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)

Yemeni journalists injured in airstrike

August 3, 2017 11:14 AM ET

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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