Blog archive: Yemen

  • 25th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    During the last few days key elements of Yemen's national army have turned their backs on the main enemy – the Houthis – and moved south to confront allies in the anti-Houthi coalition. Tensions between forces supporting the ousted "legitimate" government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi...
  • 23rd August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Intense fighting broke out in Yemen on Thursday as southern separatists and pro-government forces battled for control of the city of Ataq. Both sides in the conflict are officially members of the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis who control the capital, Sanaa, and much of...
  • 22nd August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The outbreak of conflict in southern Yemen is rapidly changing the dynamics of the country's four-year-long war. This might seem like a distraction when the main purpose of the Saudi-led coalition is to fight the Houthis and restore the ousted government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi but the new...
  • 21st August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The situation on the ground in Yemen is changing with great speed, UN special envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council on Tuesday. "We need to seize any opportunities for progress," he said.  The rapid changes that Griffiths was referring to are not in the four-year-long war...
  • 20th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The war in Yemen has been fought almost to a standstill. Four years of military intervention by a Saudi-led coalition aimed at restoring the "legitimate" government have failed to dislodge the Houthi rebels who control much of the north and there's little prospect of doing so in the near future. In...
  • 13th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Last Thursday Yemen's southern separatists sent a letter to the UN Security Council and to the foreign ministers of all EU member states. Written in flawless English, it set out their grievances and demanded "credible southern representation" in political processes aimed at ending the four...
  • 11th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    On Saturday, after four days of armed clashes, separatist forces seized control of Aden – the "temporary" capital of Yemen's internationally-recognised government. They appear to have met little resistance in taking over military camps, the home of the interior minister and, most symbolically,...
  • 9th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Fighting between rival militias in Yemen's anti-Houthi coalition is continuing for a third day, according to reports this morning from the southern city of Aden. The clashes which broke out on Wednesday involve southern separatists on one side and supporters of Yemen's ousted but internationally...
  • 5th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Dozens of northern Yemenis living in the southern city of Aden have been "deported" back to the north during the last few days, according to local media reports. Forces of the Emirati-trained Security Belt are said to have raided homes, shops and markets, rounding up northerners. The...
  • 13th May 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen's Houthi rebels began pulling back their forces from three key ports at the weekend in what the UN hopes will start a gradual de-escalation of the conflict and improve the flow of humanitarian aid. However, the ousted Yemeni government – which is backed by a Saudi-led military coalition...
  • 7th October 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    As the humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to worsen, there are signs that the Houthis who seized control of the capital in 2014 face a growing challenge in the form of public discontent. On Saturday more than 50 people were arrested outside Sana'a University while protesting against...
  • 3rd October 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Isa Blumi is a senior lecturer at Stockholm University and author of a book published earlier this year – "Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World". It's a "superb" book according to a commentator on RT, the Russian propaganda channel, and Vanessa Beeley, a prominent...

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