Al-Sharaabi, a photojournalist for the independent weekly Al-Masdar,
was one of at least 44 civilians killed when government security forces opened
fire on a peaceful demonstration in a square outside the main gate of Sana’a
University, according to news reports.
Al-Sharaabi was shot in the face. The 35-year-old father
of four was the first confirmed media fatality the political unrest that began in
Yemen in January.