American Trying to Bring Wife Home Killed in Yemen

Oakland resident was hit by shrapnel, family says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2015 12:19 AM CDT
A Yemeni man carries a box of ammunition he took from a looted military depot in Aden, Yemen, last week.   (AP Photo/Yassir Hassan)
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(Newser) – The escalating Yemen conflict is believed to have killed hundreds of people in the port city of Aden over the last 11 days—including an American citizen. Family members say Oakland, Calif., resident Jamal al-Labani was killed last week when he was hit in the back from mortar shrapnel as he walked down a street, CNN reports. Friends and relatives in California say the 45-year-old, who is believed to be the first American killed in the conflict, went to the country in February to bring his pregnant wife and 2-year-old daughter back to the US, relatives say, but found himself trapped as the situation deteriorated, reports NBC Bay Area.

A nephew tells the San Francisco Chronicle that al-Labani, who had lived in Oakland for more than a decade and co-owned a gas station there, "was very kind and he was a really hard-working guy." A coalition led by Saudi Arabia bombed Shiite rebels for the 12th day today, and Aden residents reported a foreign warship shelling rebel positions on the outskirts of the city today, reports Reuters. The airstrikes have failed to halt the advance of the Houthi rebels, and Pakistan says Saudi Arabia has asked it to contribute troops for a possible ground offensive, the AP reports. (Another American says he's imprisoned at a military base in Yemen and isn't sure he will make it out alive.)

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