Yemen is one of those countries that has been mostly off the media map. But a civil war, a proxy conflict involving powerful neighbours, has a way of attracting attention and news coverage.

The gaps in the coverage to me, the one that's been the most obvious is the lack of any interviewing with the Houthi rebel leadership. And I think what's been missing is any sense of what are the stakes in Yemen itself...

Thomas Lippman, journalist and author

When a coalition led by Saudi Arabia began bombing Yemen on March 25, 2015, the justification offered was that the Houthis are a dangerous destabilising force, ideologically linked to, and materially backed by, Iran.

Cue the proxy war, and the airstrikes that Saudi Arabia argues are necessary to restore stability.

In much of the media coverage, those claims have been left largely unchallenged, whether in Arabic language outlets with ties to the Saudis or other coalition partners, or in the western news media.

Yemen is a complicated story, involving internal factions and outside interests.

And the challenge of covering the story is made worse by the problem of access. Travelling anywhere outside the capital, Sanaa, is all but impossible for foreign journalists. Having a captive press corps in one place, when the story is happening mostly elsewhere is never a good journalistic formula.

We are hearing a lot of analysis about the high stakes geopolitics being played out in the skies over Yemen - and not enough of what is happening on the ground, where the bombs land. 

Talking us through the story are: Rami Khoury, the director of the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut; Abubakr al-Shamahi, a journalist at Al-Araby; Hisham Omeisy, a political analyst; and journalist and author Thomas Lippman.

Source: Al Jazeera