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With rebel fighters on the ground and warplanes in the sky, the stakes could not have been higher for Yemen's equestrians – and their horses – at a stadium in the capital Sanaa. In a rare respite from the country's grim reality, 180 equestrians donned their riding breeches and walked their horses out onto a plot of land in the heart of a city controlled by the Houthis, the Iranian-backed rebels locked in war with the government and its Saudi-led allies.Riyadh regularly carries out airstrikes on the capital in a campaign to drive out the rebels who seized control of Sanaa in 2014 . A mere 230 kilometers to the west – just over a two-hour drive – the Houthis and government loyalists backed by the Arab military coalition have been battling for control of Hudaida port.
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