Photojournalist injured in covering battles in southern Yemen

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-12 23:26:51|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ADEN, Yemen, May 12 (Xinhua) -- A Yemeni photojournalist was wounded on Sunday while he was covering the ongoing battles in the country's southern province of Dhale, a military official told Xinhua.

Majid Shuaibi, a 34-year-old photojournalist for local media outlets, was injured by a sniper attack during his coverage of the ongoing fighting in the district of Qataba in the northwest of the Dhale province, said the official, who asked to remain anonymous.

A medical source in Dhale's public hospital confirmed to Xinhua that Shuaibi was injured when a bullet fired by a professional Houthi sniper hit his right hand.

Last Sunday, Ghalib Labhash, local journalist and videographer, was killed while recording the intense fighting in Hajar village to the western side of Dhale, 245 km south of the capital Sanaa.

Nearly 17 Yemeni journalists are still kidnapped by the Houthi group, according to the Yemeni press union.

Yemen has been locked in a civil war since the Shiite Houthi rebels overran much of the country militarily and seized all northern provinces, including Sanaa, in 2014.

Saudi Arabia leads an Arab military coalition that has intervened in Yemen's conflict since 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after Houthi rebels forced him into exile.

The prolonged military conflict has aggravated the suffering of Yemenis and deepened the world's worst humanitarian crisis.