Two Yemeni journalists killed in car explosion near Saudi border

A Yemeni journalist was killed and a second was injured in a car explosion on Thursday, according to a Reuters reporter.

The second victim was identified as Ahmed Mahdi Abu Radwan, an administrator for Al Marai Media, a local website and radio station based in the eastern province of Hajjah.

Radwan was reportedly shot dead by gunmen as he was returning home following his shift on Thursday morning.

“We’re just shocked, it’s terrible. He was returning to his office after the early morning shift,” the station’s manager Abdulaziz al-Gintol told Reuters.

Al-Gintol said Al Marai Media was closed down in December after an inspection from the pro-government government, and that Radwan was the only journalist who remained to publish material online.

“We had high hopes for him, to make progress here, but the developments we are seeing in this region – and in the whole of Yemen – is terrible,” he said.

Tensions in Yemen are rising along its eastern border with Saudi Arabia.

Iran-backed Houthi rebels have escalated attacks in the area amid an ongoing conflict with the internationally-recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Al-Gintol said the reports on the current situation in Hajjah, the last province to fall to Houthi control, were reliable.

“Since the beginning of the year, Houthi militia have carried out many attacks on Saudi Arabia and on the kingdom’s forces; in other words, the Houthi are close to Saudi Arabia and they are looking for an excuse to escalate these attacks,” he told Reuters.

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