International rights groups are fighting to end the practice of child marriages in Yemen.
A 13-year-old Yemeni girl died of internal injuries four days after a family-arranged marriage to a man almost twice her age. Ilham Mahdi al Assi died last Friday in a hospital in Yemen's Hajja province. She was married in a traditional arrangement known as a 'swap marriage', in which the brother of the bride also married the sister of the groom.
A medical report from al-Thawra hospital said she suffered a tear to her genitals and severe bleeding. The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen and drew the attention of international rights groups seeking to pressure the government to outlaw child marriages.