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1990: Uni­fi­ca­tion of north and south Ye­men to form a sin­gle state un­der pres­i­dent Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh (pic­tured).

2003-09: Houthi group in north vi­o­lently protests marginal­i­sa­tion of the lo­cal Shia Zaydi Mus­lim sect.

2011: Arab Spring protests un­der­mine Saleh’s rule. 2012: Saleh steps down in tran­si­tion plan backed by Gulf states. Abd-Rabbu Man­sour Hadi be­comes in­terim pres­i­dent. 2013: Saleh and his al­lies un­der­mine the po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion. 2014: The Houthis ad­vance south from Saada and seize Sanaa with help from Saleh. 2015: Hadi tries to an­nounce a new fed­eral con­sti­tu­tion op­posed by the Houthis and Saleh, who ar­rest him. He es­capes, pur­sued by the Houthis, trig­ger­ing Saudi in­ter­ven­tion. Saudi-led coali­tion drives the Houthis and Saleh loy­al­ists from Aden in south Ye­men and Marib, north­east of Sanaa, but the front lines so­lid­ify, set­ting up years of stale­mate. 2016: Coali­tion air strikes that kill civil­ians prompt warn­ings from rights groups, but west­ern sup­port for mil­i­tary cam­paign con­tin­ues. 2017: Saleh switches sides, but is killed try­ing to es­cape his for­mer Houthi al­lies. 2018: Coali­tion-backed forces ad­vance up the Red Sea coast against the Houthis, aim­ing to take the port of Hodei­dah, the last main en­try point for sup­plies into north Ye­men. – Reuters

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