Check out this description of Yemen, the southern neighbor of Saudi Arabia that always seems to be in the news. It’s interesting that the northern part of Yemen is predominantly Shia Muslim.
The capital of Sana’a is, by far, the largest city. Yemen – less than a fourth the size of Saudi Arabia in area – is only 3 million shy of her neighbor’s 29 million people.
The port of Aden (fourth largest Yemeni city) has played a pivotal role in the world’s naval history. The gulf is now known as “Pirate Alley” for the ongoing depredations of Somali buccaneers.
Yemenis are a sizable portion of the foreign nationals living in Saudi Arabia (whose population is one-third foreign!); twenty years ago they expelled 800,000 of them because of Yemen’s support for Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.