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Tired of War, Yemeni Bloggers Say, ‘Enough’

MARCH 31, 2015

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    By ROBERT MACKEY

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    As the death toll mounts in Yemen, and airstrikes make life in the capital, Sana, a nerve-racking ordeal, Yemeni bloggers continue to post firsthand dispatches on social networks, frequently tagged with the Arabic word kefaya, meaning “enough.”

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    Big explosions. 3:58 am local time. We're growing sick of this with no end in sight. Enough! #KefayaWar

    — Ammar Al-Aulaqi (@ammar82) March 31, 2015
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    Kefaya means "enough". Yemenis are speaking to all: Coalition #Decisive_Storm, Houthis, Saleh, Iran , Hadi everyone! #KefayaWar #Yemen

    — Ammar Al-Aulaqi (@ammar82) March 31, 2015
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    Join us in using the hashtags #OurYemen #KefayaWar with personal photos/video testimonies/msgs highlighting the human side of life in #Yemen

    — Sara Ishaq سارةإسحاق (@SaraHJIshaq) March 31, 2015
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    #KefayaWar because bombing a country does not pave its path toward democracy. Not in 6 days or 6 years #yemen #OpDecisiveStorm

    — Ruba A. (@raleryan) March 31, 2015
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    #OurYemen #KefayaWar from #Taiz #ResoluteStorm pic.twitter.com/rfSPB9tS19

    — S a l a #Yemen (@Not_Sala) March 31, 2015
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    #Kefayawar a hashtag meaning "enough"war, because #Yemen-is want peace, food, water, education, health facilities, infrastructure. #ourYemen

    — نون عربية (@NoonArabia) March 31, 2015
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    I was displaced as a 5 year old boy in 1994 civil war! Never felt safe ever since. #KefayaWar

    — Ali Almurtada (@AliAlmurtada) March 31, 2015
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    #KefayaWar: a message I send to Saudi Arabia, Saleh, Houthis, Egypt and every other soul leading Yemen to disaster.

    — Abubakr Al-Shamahi (@abubakrabdullah) March 31, 2015
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    My daughter Dana called from her grandpa's across Sanaa:"Baba they're bombing here too,how's it at your end"? "Same here habeebi"#KefayaWar

    — Ammar Al-Aulaqi (@ammar82) March 31, 2015
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    After targeting the Army's bakery in Sanaa. #DecisiveStorm targets a milk factory in Hodeida.Can someone tell me WTH is going on! #KefayaWar

    — Ammar Al-Aulaqi (@ammar82) March 31, 2015

    This stream of Twitter S.O.S. messages came after strikes on an arms depot late Monday ignited missiles stored on a hill above Sana, sending shrapnel from secondary explosions flying into the air close to civilian neighborhoods.

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    A door of hell had just been opened in #Sanaa #Now. Omg sounds of explosions everywhere!!

    — Nasser Maweri (@NasserMaweri) March 30, 2015
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    The pressure wave of the explosion threw me back while shooting vid! Mil base on Attan in flames Sana'a #Yemen https://t.co/LmdAtI9tXv

    — Hisham Al-Omeisy (@omeisy) March 30, 2015
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    Explosions continue in Faj Attan with homes right underneath & immediately next to hill in Sana'a #Yemen http://t.co/RktIoqwNYO

    — Hisham Al-Omeisy (@omeisy) March 30, 2015
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    I live less than 1mile from the epicenter of the explosions now. Secondary xplosions deafening. Kids frightened. #OpDecisiveStorm

    — Ammar Al-Aulaqi (@ammar82) March 30, 2015
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    LIVE HELL IN #Sanaa #Yemen #Now #PrayForYemen pic.twitter.com/PSTFc2lBEg

    — Nasser Maweri (@NasserMaweri) March 30, 2015
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    Oh my God- more than thirty minutes and the missile brigade mountain still exploding - Oh God save those people around it #Yemen

    — Osama Abdullah (@PoliticsYemen) March 30, 2015
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    Operation "Take Cover" My kids and nephews. Secondary explosions continue. #OpDecisiveStorm pic.twitter.com/PoCIpYYAV6

    — Ammar Al-Aulaqi (@ammar82) March 30, 2015

    In addition to using Twitter to urge an end to the violence, Yemenis also scoured the network for information about what was happening on the other side of the Saudi border, finding images that appeared to show armor moving in their direction and a patriotic song celebrating the Saudi-led offensive.

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    MT @Ibrahimhalawi Friend in Saudi Arabia took this photo. Miles of army vehicles & tanks heading south. #Yemen #KSA pic.twitter.com/siUscwx5Tl

    — Haykal Bafana (@BaFana3) March 31, 2015
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    Saudi singer composes a song romanticising #Decisive_Storm. Song means "War is welcome, we are up for it". #Yemen https://t.co/6PBssUrygR

    — Ibrahim Halawi (@Ibrahimhalawi) March 31, 2015

    When I see Saudi tweeps cheering for war in #Yemen. I remember the Yemeni proverb: "War is so easy for spectators". #KefayaWar

    — Ammar Al-Aulaqi (@ammar82) March 31, 2015

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