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>> Saudi-led forces attacked Sanaa Airport on Friday, carrying out airstrikes on the airport and an adjoining air base being used by Houthi insurgents. The port city of Hodeidah suffered, too, with fighting aimed at pressuring the Iran-aligned Houthis to return to UN-sponsored peace talks. The violence came just days after renewed US calls for a cease fire in strife-hit Yemen.
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But amid all the chaos, scenes of humanitarianism from ordinary Yemenese. This is Adel al-Shorbagy. He is a teacher who has converted his house into a school in the government-held city of Taiz. Outside, the queue cue of children lining up for education keeps getting longer. Almost 700 come daily.
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Taiz has been at the center of a three-and-a-half-year civil war that's left millions on the brink of famine. Both the Houthi movement and Yemen's internationally recognized government have deployed forces in various districts there. Shorbagy opened the school as war broke out, saying he had nowhere to send his own children.
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500 boys and girls signed up for lessons in that first year.>>
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> All the schools closed down when the Houthis were here. So we had this problem that our kids were on the street. We opened this building as a community initiative. The building belongs to me, it's my house.
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So I can educate my kids and those of the neighborhood. It was my national and humanitarian duty towards my neighborhood.>> Facilities at the school are basic. But undeterred, eager children find any space they can on the floor, with barely any room to move, let alone write. They share donated books and follow what one of the 16 volunteer teachers writes on a broken whiteboard.
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Despite the ramshackle setting, it's no surprise that the school is massively oversubscribed. UNICEF say some 2500 schools in Yemen have been damaged or destroyed since 2015. That means that 2 million children are out of school. The only other option in the city are private schools, but they cost up to $400 a year.
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at's out of reach for many in the impoverished Arab country.
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