Mystery activist who died in car bomb blast in Yemen identified as journalist

Written by Staff Writer by Magdalena Mis, CNN More than 17,000 people have been killed in war in Yemen since 2015, most of them civilians. On Saturday a video surfaced showing what appeared to…

Mystery activist who died in car bomb blast in Yemen identified as journalist

Written by Staff Writer by Magdalena Mis, CNN

More than 17,000 people have been killed in war in Yemen since 2015, most of them civilians.

On Saturday a video surfaced showing what appeared to be a journalist inside a car as it exploded in the northwest of the country, CNN affiliate Al-Masirah reported.

The video shows a man, who appears to be the journalist, beaming with pride as he walks with his son in the car. Moments later the vehicle explodes, and the man and his son can be seen lying dead.

The video has gone viral on social media, going viral on social media

The International Federation of Journalists, in a tweet, said the journalist had been working in a pro-government media center in Taiz, a port city.

“A journalist working in Taiz was killed and several others injured in a car bomb explosion this morning,” the organisation tweeted. “The journalist who died was identified as Mohammed Al-Qabati, a working journalist with the pro-government Taiz Media Center, Yemen.”

A doctor with a medical charity and the journalist’s relative told Al-Masirah that Qabati, who was more than six months pregnant, died of her injuries.

Qabati was reportedly in a car when a person threw a bomb and detonated it, the relatives said.

Qabati worked for the Yemeni news channel Watani, Taiz Media Center confirmed to CNN, adding that she was a respected journalist, a parent and a wife.

A local journalist and the Al-Masirah staffer who was with Qabati also received injuries.

Al-Masirah reported that Yemeni security forces have not yet released the names of the journalists who were killed.

Yemen’s war has been ongoing since March 2015, when an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched military operations in support of the government against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed or wounded since the start of the conflict, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

More than 19 million people in Yemen have been affected by the war, the most number of people to have ever been affected by a single armed conflict, the World Health Organization has said.

The worsening humanitarian situation has been linked to the current famine, which has devastated parts of the country, causing hundreds of thousands of people to become dangerously malnourished.

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