In this photo taken on April 22, 2015, a vendor sells Yemeni coffee and other imports in the old market in Najran, Saudi Arabia. (AP/Hasan Jamali)
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Khatim Umm Salem's quiet, secure life betrays no signs of the war taking place just a few miles away.Saudi Arabia, with about 20 million citizens, is now leading an offensive against the Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen, who are supported by its arch-rival Iran.The war comes at a pivotal time for Saudi Arabia: King Salman ascended to the throne in January, and he has all but appointed his son as his successor.For King Salman, the war offers political opportunity.The fighting in the background has not stopped the celebrations, but has if anything been woven into the image of Saudi Arabia in a new era under a new ruler. The government is also using the war in Yemen as a way to reach out to its young, Internet-savvy population. The majority of Saudi Arabia is under 30 years old, and can easily turn from state TV programming to privately owned Saudi station.Support for the war is perhaps most passionate in the southern border region of Jizan.
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