Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 21 May 2019

Abu Dhabi TV cameraman killed in Yemen market bombing

Ziad Al Sharabi was among six people who died in a bomb attack in Mokha on Monday night

Arab coalition-backed forces patrol Mocha in February 2018. AP
Arab coalition-backed forces patrol Mocha in February 2018. AP

A cameraman from Abu Dhabi TV has been killed in a bomb attack in Yemen.

Ziad Al Sharabi was among six people who died in the blast in a busy market in Mokha on Monday evening, state news agency Wam said on Tuesday.

About 20 people were injured in the attack.

Wam reported that the bomb was set off by the Houthi militia group, which Arab coalition forces and legitimate Yemeni government have been fighting for almost four years.

Among the injured civilians was Abu Dhabi TV reporter Faisal Al Thubhani.

A screengrab from an Abu Dhabi TV report presented by Faisal Al Thubhani from the west coast of Yemen. Mr Al Thubhani was injured in a bombing in Mocha. Courtesy Abu Dhabi TV
A screengrab from an Abu Dhabi TV report presented by Faisal Al Thubhani from the west coast of Yemen. Mr Al Thubhani was injured in a bombing in Mocha. Courtesy Abu Dhabi TV

Moammar Al Eryani, Yemen's Minister of Information, said the explosive device was planted in a motorcycle placed outside a restaurant in the port city.

He described the attack as a "cowardly terrorist crime carried out by Houthi-Iranian militia".

"This terrorist crime confirms the recruitment of Houthi militia and Tehran... in its war against Yemenis," he wrote on Twitter.

"I share my sincere condolences with the families of the martyrs and wounded, as well as Abu Dhabi Media."

Condolences flooded in on social media.

Jamal Al Harbi, a senior producer at Sky News Arabia, took to Twitter to share news of the explosion and offer his condolences.

“May God have mercy on you Ziad and we ask Him for the speedy recovery of your colleague Faisal," he wrote.

The market bombing comes on the day the United Nations said the head of the diplomatic mission tasked with monitoring a UN-brokered peace deal in Hodeidah, will be replaced by a former Danish general.

UN chief Antonio Guterres proposed to the Security Council that former Danish General Michael Lollesgaard take over the Dutch General Patrick Cammaert's mission in the port city.

The Security Council has 48 hours to accept or refuse General Lollesgaard candidacy, who led a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali in 2015 and 2016.

On Monday, UN's special envoy Martin Griffiths extended the timeline to implement the UN-brokered deal in Yemen. In a series of tweets, he conceded that the initial timeline was ambitious.

The two sides agreed to a ceasefire in Hodeidah, which went into effect on December 18, during negotiations in Sweden.

Suspected breaches of the ceasefire by Houthi rebels have marred the implementation of the deal, including sporadic clashes and mortar fire.

Updated: January 29, 2019 02:48 PM

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