The yemenis are accustomed to the weapons. Even before the overlap of conflicts experienced since the beginning of the century, rare was the house without a rifle or the man without a yanbia, the dagger that has traditionally symbolized his honor. But an arbitrator directing a football match to shots of Kalashnikov it is too much even for the shattered Yemen. And yet the tweeters yemenis have caused these days a bitter smile to spread a video in which you see just that.
A group of men find a moment of rest around a ball. In the eyes of the viewer is not clear who plays on each team, but soon it becomes clear who is the referee. In the absence of a whistle, the man used the Kalashnikov to point out the faults. At a certain point, even you have to insist with a burst because the players ignored his admonition and continue playing as if nothing happened.
The game takes place in a village of Shabwa, a province in southeastern Yemen, under the control of pro-government forces, but in the remaining strongholds of the ISIS and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Both groups have tried to exploit the civil war that has plagued the country for almost four years to try to gain ground, although the US has continued bombing their positions from drones.
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