Date: 16.02.2012Last updated: 16.02.2012 at 12.16

The BBC today calls on the Yemeni authorities to ensure the safety of BBC Arabic correspondent Abdullah Ghorab and all journalists reporting from Yemen, following a serious attack.

Mr Ghorab was reporting from a demonstration in Sanaa on 15 February (yesterday), when a gang carrying batons and knives, who appeared to be supporters of the outgoing president Ali Abdullah Saleh, deliberately targeted him and his two brothers.

While Abdullah Ghorab managed to escape, his two brothers were badly beaten up and had to receive hospital treatment for their injuries.

This is not the first security incident targeting Mr Ghorab. He has been detained and assaulted on two previous occasions and was verbally attacked by Yemen’s Deputy Information Minister last September.

Liliane Landor, Controller, Language Services, at the BBC World Service, said: “We are deeply concerned that this was a deliberate attack and we condemn it in the strongest terms.

“We call on the authorities in Yemen to ensure the safety of all journalists reporting from the country in very difficult circumstances.

“Attacks of this nature only serve to harm the country in the eyes of the world. It is essential all journalists are able to report freely on events in Yemen without fear of violence and intimidation.”

BBC Press Office

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