Yemeni journalist killed in car bombing

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemeni journalist Shaima Shamlan, who wrote about the war in her native country and was nearly three months pregnant, was killed Friday in a car explosion. Shamlan, 41, was…

Yemeni journalist killed in car bombing

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemeni journalist Shaima Shamlan, who wrote about the war in her native country and was nearly three months pregnant, was killed Friday in a car explosion.

Shamlan, 41, was driving from Sanaa to the southern city of Aden, where she lived and worked. An employee at the News Agency of Yemen confirmed her death.

She joined several journalists who were killed or wounded in car bombings in 2015, when the country was torn by a civil war and a Saudi-led coalition intervened in the conflict. She was known as the “Mother of the National Media” and wrote columns on Yemeni politics.

“She was the real face of Yemen’s journalists,” said Issa Al-Jashim, executive editor of the Yemen American News Network, who often traveled with Shamlan. “She was there every day with the wire, and that’s all she did.”

In a Facebook post, Azhar Al-Mansouri, one of the country’s most prominent and prolific journalists, said the news of Shamlan’s death was “a terrible shock.”

“Shaima Shamlan was one of Yemen’s most precious journalists, the face of the media in the country,” he wrote. “She was one of the pillars of the Arab media.”

A supporter of the southern separatists who took part in Yemen’s uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Shamlan told the AP in 2017 that her coverage of the war and the death of her friend and colleague, the prominent journalist Rashad Al-Awad, prompted her to become more protective of her family’s safety.

“I think it’s better if I withdraw from Yemen,” she said at the time. “I don’t want to be a part of the war anymore.”

Last month, Yemeni Houthi rebels killed another journalist working for Yemen’s largest and oldest newspaper, Al-Masirah, when they hit his car in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden. Gunmen killed the paper’s editor and another journalist in Sanaa in December.

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