After thirty years of dancing on the heads of snakes, one was bound to bite Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh back. On this historic day for Yemen, the former heavyweight leader was killed on his own turf by his former allies, turned enemies, turned allies, and fatally turned enemies once again, the country’s Houthis rebels. News of the killing has once again divided public opinion between celebrating the death of a dictator and mourning that of a politician that ma
More than 17 days have passed since a popular Yemeni political analyst was abducted by Houthi rebels outside his home, and little is known on his fate. Hisham al-Omeisy, a father of two, has gained widespread popularity over the years for his unbiased reporting and commentating on the war-torn country. The 38-year-old was a vocal critic of all parties involved in the Yemen's civil war, which has left over 10,000 dead. It has given him credibility across international media, w
It's a humid August day in Yemen's besieged Taiz, when Dr Abdulkader al-Guneid, a physician and the former mayor of the city, is suddenly shaken by the forced entry of armed militants into his home. "Death to America, death to Israel!" they chant, as they recklessly charge into the home of the Yemeni surgeon-turned-activist less than a year after they captured the capital, Sanaa, and spread into other major cities. "They looted my house, terrified my wife, and took me away,"
In September 2014, Yemen’s Houthi rebels allied with the country’s former leader in an attempt to take on the new transitional government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. Finally equipped with Saleh’s arsenal of deadly weapons, the tribal militia marched into the capital, capturing state buildings and institutions and sending the government fleeing to the southern coastal city of Aden. Unwilling to witness its neighbour fall into chaos and jeopardise its own security just a few mil
More than 16,000 people have been abducted by Houthi rebels since the group seized control of the Yemeni capital in 2014, a new report suggests, with thousands still missing as the war surpasses its second year. Civilians, activists, academics and politicians remain under Houthi arrest in undisclosed locations around the war-torn country, according to the newly-published Rights Radar report entitled Yemen: Victims Behind Bars. “The amount of people abducted and detained by th
Disturbing images showing severely malnourished children in Yemen have surfaced online, putting a horrific face to the war-torn nation where more than half of the population live under the global poverty line. Laying dazed and frail on a bed is six-year-old Salim Musabih whose frail image was captured by a Reuter's photographer in Yemen's Hodeida city, where Houthi rebels remain defiantly in control of the country's second largest port. In another image, the toddler sits amon
Yemen's conflict has cost its economy more than $14 billion so far, according to a new report, as the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels continues to pick up steam post-peace talks. The war, which began when Saudi Arabia formed a coalition to battle rebels following their September 2014 coup, has caused extreme damage to the country’s infrastructure, the joint World Bank, United Nations, Islamic Development Bank and European Union report said. "The conflict has so far
The United Arab Emirates has provided Yemen with more than £900 million in aid in the past 16 months, as coalition airstrikes continue to pound the war-torn country. More than 160,000 tonnes of food and some 111,000 tonnes of medical supplies were among the supplies sent, officials said on Wednesday, as well as nearly £600 million in development funding. Five power stations were built, including two in the southern coastal Aden city where residents suffer from a lack of elect
"I ask all the parties and the international community to remain steadfast in support of this cessation of hostilities to be a first in Yemen's return to peace... Yemen cannot afford the loss of more lives." These are the words of United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as he announced a much-needed ceasefire thirteen months after a war erupted in the conflict-ridden state.
Not only can Yemen not afford to lose more lives, it quite literally cannot a