On 13 February 2011, human rights journalist Ms Samia Al-Agbry was reportedly subjected to an abduction attempt and physical assault while participating in a demonstration in Sana'a. Samia Al-Agbry was the secretary of the Rights and Freedoms Committee of the Journalists' Syndicate, and regularly documents and reports human rights violations in Yemen, particularly against journalists.
It is reported that individuals in plain clothes, believed to have been State Security officers and thugs, attacked the demonstrators as they marched between the University of Sana’a and Heda Street.
A masked man in plain clothes reportedly attempted to take Samia Al-Agbry with him by force; however, other demonstrators, having overheard her screams intervened to aid her. The man then pushed Samia Al-Agbry violently to the ground, causing her head to hit the pavement and subsequent loss of consciousness. Samia Al-Agbry was then transferred to Al-Jumohoria hospital where she regained her consciousness and was treated for bruises.