World News – Yemen conflict – civil war or Saleh-out

Yemen minister calls for Gulf military intervention The Yemeni foreign minister has called for Gulf Arab states to intervene to prevent the advance of Shia Houthi rebels into the south of the…
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    Yemen minister calls for Gulf military intervention
    The Yemeni foreign minister has called for Gulf Arab states to intervene to
    prevent the advance of Shia Houthi rebels into the south of the country.
    The Houthis ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi last month, who fled to
    the southern port city of Aden where he established a rival power base.
    At the weekend, the Houthis seized Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city,
    bringing them closer to Aden.
    The UN has warned that Yemen is on the edge of civil war.
    Mr Hadi’s Foreign Minister Riad Yassin told the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat
    newspaper he asked the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to
    intervene, without elaborating what that would mean.
    He also said he had asked the UN and GCC to impose a no-fly zone, after
    warplanes hit the presidential palace in Aden over the weekend.
    The Houthis’ rise has alarmed the GCC, and in particular Sunni-controlled
    Saudi Arabia, which accuses the Houthis of being a proxy for their key
    regional rival, Shia-majority Iran. Both of them have denied the Saudi
    claims.
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    Yemen – who is fighting whom?
    The Houthis: A minority Shia from the north, the group seized control of
    Sanaa last year and have since been expanding their control.
    President Hadi: Backed by military and police loyalists, and by militia
    known as Popular Resistance Committees, he is trying to fight back against
    the rebels from his stronghold in the south.
    Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Seen by the US as the most dangerous
    branch of Al-Qaeda, AQAP opposes both the Houthis and forces loyal to
    President Hadi.
    Islamic State: A Yemeni affiliate of IS has recently emerged, which seeks
    to eclipse AQAP.
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    Also on Monday, the Saudi foreign minister warned the Gulf states could
    take action to shore-up Mr Hadi.
    “If this issue is not solved peacefully, we will take the necessary
    measures to protect the region from their aggression,” said Saud al-Faisal.
    The UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar told the BBC the Saudis had “good
    reasons” to be concerned about the situation.
    But he added: “I don’t think any side could win a civil war. No side can
    win a civil war – the only way forward is negotiation, which implies
    concession from all sides, which implies also, a compromise.”

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