Yemen's war
Pity those caught in the middle
A bitter local conflict threatens to spread across the region
Middle East & Africa
Nov 21st 2009 edition
Nov 19th 2009
MUHAMMAD REDWAN and his family were being hammered from all sides. In early August, rebels from Yemen's Houthi clan took over his village in the rugged mountains of the Malahid district, near the border with Saudi Arabia. First they harassed him, telling him not to listen on his television to music that “contradicted the values of Islam”. Then they told him he was “praying in the wrong way”— with arms raised, as is the custom elsewhere in Yemen. But then he got squeezed from another side, when Saudi armed forces, entering Yemen from across the border, issued warnings by loudspeaker. “If you want to stay alive, leave your homes immediately,” they blared.
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