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Yemenis' passion for soccer undimmed by war

The seven-year war in Yemen has not wiped out the people's passion for soccer, and the Yemenis' reaction to the World Cup in Qatar is proof.
Yemen's national soccer team sing the national anthem ahead of the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup qualifier match between Mauritania and Yemen at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar, June 22, 2021.

SANAA, Yemen — Yemenis' excitement about the Qatar World Cup 2022 has overshadowed their anxiety over war since last week.

In coffee shops, public squares and homes, Yemenis are glued to TV screens, cellphones or laptops. They seem to have put aside war worries as they follow the soccer matches.

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