Blog archive: Yemen

  • 18th September 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Writing in the New York Times on Monday, Martin Griffiths, the UN's special envoy for Yemen, outlined "seven elements" that "will necessarily underpin any agreement to end the war". The components for a peace deal are "in plain sight", Griffiths said – and few would disagree with them as...
  • 30th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Separatist fighters in southern Yemen who appeared to be on the brink of defeat on Wednesday recovered some lost ground on Thursday as the United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes to support them. This direct intervention by the Emiratis in a conflict between two rival factions which are...
  • 29th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The separatist revolt in Yemen's south which began four weeks ago appeared close to defeat on Wednesday after forces supporting the internationally-recognised government entered Aden. Approaching from the north-east, the government forces are reported to have taken the airport (...
  • 27th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen's Houthis is undergoing emergency repairs following last week's armed clashes between rival anti-Houthi forces. The whole of Shabwa province is now said to be under the control of government forces after a failed attempt by southern separatists –...
  • 25th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    During the last few days key elements of Yemen's national army have turned their backs on the main enemy – the Houthis – and moved south to confront allies in the anti-Houthi coalition. Tensions between forces supporting the ousted "legitimate" government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi...
  • 23rd August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Intense fighting broke out in Yemen on Thursday as southern separatists and pro-government forces battled for control of the city of Ataq. Both sides in the conflict are officially members of the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis who control the capital, Sanaa, and much of...
  • 22nd August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The outbreak of conflict in southern Yemen is rapidly changing the dynamics of the country's four-year-long war. This might seem like a distraction when the main purpose of the Saudi-led coalition is to fight the Houthis and restore the ousted government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi but the new...
  • 21st August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The situation on the ground in Yemen is changing with great speed, UN special envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council on Tuesday. "We need to seize any opportunities for progress," he said.  The rapid changes that Griffiths was referring to are not in the four-year-long war...
  • 20th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The war in Yemen has been fought almost to a standstill. Four years of military intervention by a Saudi-led coalition aimed at restoring the "legitimate" government have failed to dislodge the Houthi rebels who control much of the north and there's little prospect of doing so in the near future. In...
  • 13th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Last Thursday Yemen's southern separatists sent a letter to the UN Security Council and to the foreign ministers of all EU member states. Written in flawless English, it set out their grievances and demanded "credible southern representation" in political processes aimed at ending the four...
  • 11th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    On Saturday, after four days of armed clashes, separatist forces seized control of Aden – the "temporary" capital of Yemen's internationally-recognised government. They appear to have met little resistance in taking over military camps, the home of the interior minister and, most symbolically,...
  • 9th August 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Fighting between rival militias in Yemen's anti-Houthi coalition is continuing for a third day, according to reports this morning from the southern city of Aden. The clashes which broke out on Wednesday involve southern separatists on one side and supporters of Yemen's ousted but internationally...

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