ANOTHER YEAR OF UNREST IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Yemen, which had been simmering on the edge of civil war for a while, exploded in conflict when Houthi separatists, along with forces supporting former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, drove democratically elected president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi out of the capital city of Sanaa and took over Taiz, Yemen's third largest city. Had fled to Aden, declaring it the temporary capital of Yemen, and sought support from Saudi Arabia. The Gulf states, namely Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, etc., immediately mounted air strikes, and later sent in ground troops, to defeat Houthi rebels, who are seen as Iran's proxy. As the war stretches on, Yemen slides deeper into a humanitarian crisis, with no easy end in sight.