Yemeni Civilians Trapped Between Saudi Airstrikes, Rebel Attacks

April 10, 2015 9:06 AM

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We'll listen now to the inevitable result of the expanding war in Yemen. Civilians are being killed. Here's the background. In recent weeks, the government has collapsed. Yemen's president fled, and rebels took control of the capital. Those rebels, known as the Houthis, are aligned with Iran. A coalition led by Saudi Arabia has carried out airstrikes against them with support from the United States. In all of this fighting, the United Nations says more than 300 civilians have been killed so far, and 100,000 are displaced. NPR's Leila Fadel has been calling people trapped in the violence.

LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: Mohamed Alammary was a father of three. He scraped by selling fresh water from trucks parked outside his home. He had two brothers and a little niece. It was a simple life in one of the Middle East's most impoverished nations. But even that was snatched away from him in a ball o...

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