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BY: Jeffrey Cimmino
Pro-government forces in Yemen began an assault Wednesday on the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, which is held by Houthi rebels.
Strikes - Coalition - Houthi - Rebels - Deadline
Strikes from a Saudi-led coalition began after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels ignored a deadline to withdraw by midnight local time Tuesday, BBC News reports.
The United Nations had been engaged in negotiations with stakeholders in the conflict in an effort to avoid a large-scale confrontation, and following a U.K. request, the U.N. Security Council is expected to meet to discuss the situation on Thursday.
Yemen - War - Conflict - Houthi - Rebels
Yemen’s civil war, which began in 2014, has become a broader regional conflict. Houthi rebels are a Zaydi Shiite religious minority who seized the capital Sanaa in 2014 and currently control a significant amount of territory in western Yemen. The Congressional Research Service notes that the Houthis have received support from Iran and Hezbollah, although the extent of their influence in the conflict is unclear.
Saudi Arabia intervened in support of the government of Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, who remains in exile in Saudi Arabia. The United Arab Emirates is part of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, but its allegiance has changed over time, and its relationship with President Hadi has been tense.
United - States - Resolution - Conflict - Yemenis
The United States has encouraged a peaceful, negotiated resolution to the conflict, and has sought to ensure Yemenis retain access to humanitarian aid. The U.S. has also increased...
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