AN­OTHER YEAR OF UN­REST IN THE MID­DLE EAST

Qatar Today - - HOW THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER IN 2015 -

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.

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