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Director-General condemns attack that claimed several civilian lives including journalist Ziad Al-Sharabi in Yemen

05 February 2019

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, today denounced an attack in Yemen’s coastal town of Mocha on 28 January that killed up to seven civilians, including video reporter Ziad Al-Sharabi, and injured 20 others, including journalist, Faisal Al-Thubhani.

“I condemn the killing of Ziad Al-Sharabi,” said the Director-General. “Ziad Al-Sharabi’s death is a blow to the profession and its ability to keep the public informed about the conflict in Yemen. I call on all parties to protect civilians, and journalists, in line with international law and extend my wishes for a full recovery to journalist Faisal Al-Thubhani and all those injured in the attack.”

Ziad Al-Sharabi, a video reporter for Abu Dhabi TV, was killed in a bomb explosion in the marketplace of Mocha, which injured Faisal Al-Thubhani, the broadcaster’s correspondent in Yemen.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

See also: UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

 

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