Gripping man-on-the-street reporting from Christian Science Monitor contributor Shane Bauer in Sanaa, Yemen. (Plus, some helpful context and background to the bombing at the U.S. Embassy there today.)

Bauer quotes “Yemeni journalist Adel al-Ahmedi, standing among a crowd of hudnreds who gathered at the scene”:

This attack targeted Yemen and America at the same time. The people who waged this attack are fed up with the government, and they target the American embassy to try to harm relations between the US and Yemen…. This is a clear tragedy, but we are afraid of America’s response more than the attack itself.

Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.