UN condemns TV cameraman's killing in Yemen bomb attack

UN condemns TV cameraman's killing in Yemen bomb attack

The United nations culture organisation UNESCO's chief on Tuesday deplored an attack in Yemen's southwest port of Mocha that killed up to seven civilians, including TV lensman Ziad Al-Sharabi, and injured 20 others, including TV reporter Faisal Al-Thubhani.

“I condemn the killing of Ziad Al-Sharabi,” said UNESCO's Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

"Ziad Al-Sharabi’s death is a blow to the profession and its ability to keep the public informed about the conflict in Yemen," Azoulay went on.

"I call on all parties to protect civilians, and journalists, in line with international law," Azoulay underlined.

Sharabi, a video reporter for Abu Dhabi TV, was killed in the blast in Mocha's marketplace on 28 January, which injured Thubhani, the broadcaster’s correspondent in Yemen.

The United Arab Emirates official news agency WAM and Abu Dhabi media officials blamed Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebels for the attack.

The UAE is a key member of a Saudi-led coalition that has been at war with the Iran-aligned rebels since 2015 in Yemen's grinding conflict, which has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the impoverished country to the brink of famine.