[QUOTE]A four-year war in northern Yemen between the government and the Zahid Shiite civilians has been called a "near genocide" by some. Armed clashes began in 2004 when a small group of Zaidi rebels clashed with security forces. Since then the conflict spread though the Sa'ada province where 700,000 civilians have been caught between the warring sides. A province-wide survey found 92 percent of sampled children witnessed armed conflict. An estimated 100,000 citizens are internal refugees as families flee fighting and bombing.

The government's tactics in attempting to subdue the rebellion appears to have swelled the rebel ranks. Food, medicine, and cooking oil are blockaded and malnutrition is severe in Sa'ada.

The military bombed cities and villages with mortars, rockets, and Katyusha missiles, damaging thousands of homes, mosques, and schools, sometimes without warning. Communications are cut and journalists barred. The Yemeni military deployed several thousand irregulars including tribal fighters, Afghans, Arabs, and local jihadists in the region populated by primarily Zaidi Shiites.

The following photos are among the first photos to emerge from the troubled region in years. These photos were taken in Sa'ada and smuggled outside the region. The Long War Journal obtained these photos from contacts in Yemen.

The photos show civilian homes and infrastructure damaged by government bombing, as well several children killed in their homes. Despite international protests, last week journalist Abdulkarim al Khaiwani was sentenced to six years in jail for possessing similar photos. Some of the images are quite graphic.[/QUOTE]

Here is a "Sunni versus Shi'a" conflict that has gone on for decades that we rarely ever here about in America. Granted that's a trivialization of the conflict (Shi'a were monarchists when they ruled North Yemen and the Sunnis were Soviet allied Socialists in South Yemen) but this sectarianism was evidently not solved after the 1994 ceasefire and will likely get worse.

There are also some absolutely incredible photos of the latest "siege" by the Yemeni Army, some of them are graphic though.