A Yemeni fighter loyal to Yemen's exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, monitors a road during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels west of the city of Taez, on March 9, 2016. AFP / AHMAD AL-BASHA
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Amid Yemen's misery, two young women living in the war-damaged cities of Aden and Sanaa know they are among the relatively fortunate.Yemen's civil war intensified sharply almost a year ago when an Arab coalition intervened with airstrikes, a naval blockade and ground troops to counter Houthi rebels intent on seizing the whole country. Most of them are not Yemenis, but returning refugees and other foreigners.People fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and beyond have flooded into the EU since early 2015, causing a crisis.The war has inflicted a devastating toll on 26 million Yemenis struggling to survive in an already impoverished country beset by acute water scarcity, poor governance and corruption.The U.N. estimates conservatively 6,000 people have been killed, about half of them civilians. It says four-fifths of Yemenis need outside aid. If the war lasts longer, desperation might yet turn a trickle of refugees into a flood.The war has fueled Sunni-Shiite animosities, long muted in Yemen, and deepened rifts between the north and the once-independent south, where separatist sentiment runs high.First, crammed into a neighbor's car with a family of five, to an aunt's house after a missile exploded next door.The family, by now reunited, returned home to Aden's Khormaksar district when fighting abated in July and to their surprise found it undamaged, unlike many others.
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