The Africa Report - - CONTENTS -

The Saudi-led coali­tion of forces fight­ing the Iran-backed Houthi rebels may be close to vic­tory, but the death and de­struc­tion from the re­cent con­flict will cast a long shadow into the fu­ture. The United Na­tions (UN) es­ti­mates that eight mil­lion Ye­meni risk star­va­tion and the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion will soon have iden­ti­fied 1m cases of cholera in the coun­try. As of June, the port city of Hodeidah was one of the rebels’ last strongholds and a key space on the chess­board for its links to in­ter­na­tional sup­ply routes. Ye­meni, Saudi and United Arab Emi­rates forces launched a big push to re­take it in June. The rebels have promised to launch more guerilla oper­a­tions and fight to the death if a Saudi block­age be­comes ef­fec­tive. The UN has been push­ing for the for­ma­tion of a tran­si­tional gov­ern­ment. But with some south­ern forces call­ing for se­ces­sion and an un­sta­ble Ye­men po­ten­tially con­tin­u­ing to serve as a base for Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula, the path to peace and sta­bil­ity re­mains per­ilous.

Ye­meni forces ad­vance on Hodeidah on 13 May

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