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Saudis on Hook for Rebuilding Yemen Just When Money Is Tight

  • Gulf allies face costly bill in areas they freed from rebels
  • Failure to restore security, electricity may erode support
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One of the main hospitals in Aden has no power, medical supplies, or doctors. At gas stations, people sit in their cars for hours waiting to refill, and tempers flare as armed men try to jump the line.

Like most of Yemen, the southern port was already poor and run-down before the current civil war. Now, even restoring it to that level of functioning will be a long and expensive task -- and one that may fall to Saudi Arabia, already under financial pressure from the oil slump.