Fighters on the tarmac: AP reporter recounts battle over airport in Yemeni city of Aden

March 19, 2015 7:39 PM

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ADEN, Yemen – There were some brief bursts of gunfire in the distance as we boarded the bus from the terminal to our plane on the tarmac in the airport of the Yemeni city of Aden. No one paid much attention. Tensions had been growing in the city for weeks. One of my fellow passengers greeted the noise with a hearty laugh and shouted "Erhebou!" — Yemeni Arabic for "Hello there!"

I took my window seat, 14F, and got out my Arabic novel for the flight to Cairo. For the next 20 minutes, passengers argued with crew over seating. "If people sit wherever they please, then we should not be issued with seat numbers," a young Yemeni woman speaking English lectured a flight attendant ...

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