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War in Yemen

Civil war in Yemen cannot be seen merely from the prism of sectarian conflict as its roots go into the historical political positions of different groups and geostrategic interests of regional powers. Hegemonic designs of Saudi Arabia backed by the United States have intensified the conflict, leading to thousands of deaths and acute humanitarian crisis. It remains to be seen how far the recently concluded Stockholm Agreement between warring camps would contribute to a durable peace.

It has been more than four years since the civil war broke out in Yemen between the Houthi forces (Ansar Allah or partisans of god) and the forces of the exiled Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi government, supported actively by the Saudi Arabia-led alliance of eight countries. Though on the surface it looks like a straight two-way fight, on the ground that is not the case. Ansar Allah is also fighting Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and several other small splinter groups. Most of these groups are fighting against Houthis, sometimes directly but mostly in collaboration with the Saudi-led alliance. Because of the involvement of so many factions and groups the Yemeni civil war has acquired a complex nature. It has become one of the bloodiest wars in the region with thousands of people dead and millions starving. The core reason of the war lies in the persistent hegemonic manoeuvres by the Saudis in collaboration with the United States (US) in Yemeni politics.

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Updated On : 5th Feb, 2021

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