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What's Happening in Yemen?

Michelle Liou

Posted on January 2, 2021 04:14

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A primarily informative article about the calamitous situation in Yemen

As we all know, the coronavirus pandemic has shown no mercy, upending daily life in every corner of the globe. In particular, the pandemic has further devastated Yemen, a war-torn region in the Middle East.

The Yemen conflict sparked in 2014, when Houthi insurgents (an Islamic political and armed movement), took control of Yemen’s capital and demanded a new government and lower fuel prices. Amid failed negotiations, the rebels seized the presidential palace in January 2015, forcing President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his administration to resign. Two months later, a coalition of Gulf states began to launch military and economic isolation campaigns against the Houthi rebels, with logistical, military, and intelligence backing from the United States.

Throughout the war, both sides were accused of committing war crimes and human rights abuses. For example, Human Rights Watch has documented more than 90 apparently unlawful airstrikes led by the Gulf state coalition. Moreover, U.S. officials could face prosecution for war crimes over arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its partners.

In Washington, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike tried to halt U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition. Nevertheless, President Donald Trump has repeatedly vetoed or blocked legislation that would end U.S. military support or restrict presidential power.

As a result of the conflict, Yemen is now the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 3.6 million people displaced and 80% of the population in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Since the war, the UN estimates more than 15,000 civilians are killed or injured, and thousands of others are plagued by a cholera outbreak. The five-year-old civil war has also plunged the country into extreme poverty that has been exacerbated by floods and locusts. Also, a Saudi-led blockade restricting goods coming into the country has exponentially raised prices. Unable to afford food, half of the population is now on the brink of famine, and 1 in 5 children are severely malnourished. To preserve the lives of civilians, immediate humanitarian assistance is imperative and the international community must offer their full support to the U.N. as they attempt to mediate peace in Yemen.

Michelle Liou

Posted on January 2, 2021 04:14

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Source: Reuters

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