Endangering the Media
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Incident : JO_0033

An alleged attack by the Saudi-led coalition warplanes targeted the house of the head of the Yemeni Media Union in the Al-Raqas neighborhood in Sanaa on May 16, 2019.

Thu May 16 2019Sanaa

Several sources on news sites, Twitter and Facebook claimed that the Saudi-led coalition warplanes targeted the house of the head of the Yemeni Media Union, Abdullah Sabri, in the Al-Raqas neighborhood in the capital, Sana'a, which resulted in multiple injuries and fractures in Abdullah body, in addition to the killing of his mother and two of his sons. One of the news sources published a full report on the incident. According to an interview published by one of the news sources from an eyewitness saying, “The neighbors told us that a man and a woman from an aid organization came to the building to collect information on the residents and they were looking for a journalist working for a Houthi media outlet, and three days after they came, the house was targeted by an airstrike. Another source on news site published a video of an interview with Abdullah Sabri while he was in a hospital in Sana'a after he lost his mother and two of his children in the targeting. A source on YouTube posted an interview with Abdullah Sabri, and his son Baligh, and Sabry's mother while they were in the hospital. A source on Facebook claimed that Abdullah Sabri's mother was in intensive care while he was in the operating room, where the bombing of the house happened on the same time of the bombing of the Ministry of Information building in the capital, Sana'a. A source on Twitter also posted a list of the names of targeting victims issued by the Ministry of Public Health and Population.

Alleged perpetrator:

Saudi-led coalition

Area of control:

Houthis Rebel movement

Delivery method:

Air strike

Weapons used:

Air strike



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