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Houthis: Yemen’s Rebel Movement, Explained

Yemen’s Bloody War Could Get A Lot Worse (HBO)

At least 450 Yemenis have been killed in the first nine days of August, making it one of the bloodiest periods since the war broke out three and a half years ago. And it could get a lot worse.

An international coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and backed by the United States, is preparing to retake the strategic port city of Hodeidah. The operation could prove disastrous for Yemen’s most vulnerable: Seventy percent of all of Yemen’s goods enter into the country through Hodeidah, so a protracted battle could quickly turn into a humanitarian disaster, which prevents millions of people from receiving food and aid.

The UN is desperately trying to stop this attack and restart failed peace talks in the process. Its Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, is hoping to bring all sides together in Geneva on September 6.

Yet, government troops continue to advance towards the city.

“It’s going to be a fierce battle,” 23 year-old fighter Saeed, told VICE News. “The Houthis have big military capabilities — but we are advancing towards Hodeidah.”

VICE News embedded with Yemeni troops as they prepared to retake a crucial Houthi supply route, just 90 minutes from the city. But even a seemingly straightforward operation like this one descended into chaos. It wasn’t long into the advance that Saeed and several men found themselves cut off from their convoy, trapped by Houthi sniper fire. They were forced to run for cover before eventually making their escape.

“They must’ve known about our attack,” he says, as mortar fire rages around us.

A battle in Hodeidah city itself would be one of the deadliest in a war that has already claimed more than ten thousand lives and thrust 23 million more into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis . More than 120,000 civilians have fled the city in anticipation. It’s easy to see why. Not long after government forces started their push, ambulances began rolling up outside the one semi-functioning hospital in the area.

Ten-year-old Mohammed becomes the first civilian to be caught up in the crossfire. Ali Jalmoud says his son was playing in their house with a Houthi mortar hit. Dr. Mahdi Ba-Kather is the one remaining doctor in a local hospital and he’s struggling to cope with the influx of casualties. Mohammed has several shrapnel wounds — one’s hit an artery and staff are trying desperately to control the bleeding.

“We’re tying it tight to stop it” Dr. Ba-Kather explained to Mohammed as he uses gauze as a makeshift tourniquet. Lacking basic supplies or a qualified surgeon, all he can do is triage Mohammed and send him to another hospital three hours away in the hopes he survives the journey.

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Yemen’s Other Crisis: Surging Refugee Flows And Human Trafficking (HBO)

Saleh Saeed Nasser has been patrolling Yemen’s coastline for 15 years. For most of his career, he’s seen migrants arrive on the pristine shores of Shabwa province from the Horn of Africa.

But in recent years, as his country’s three-year civil war has brought on terrorism and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, something counterintuitive has started happening: More migrants from Africa are rushing to shore and overwhelming the coastline he patrols as a member of the country’s Coast Guard. More than 87,000 migrants arrived last year alone.

Now, Saleh says he needs 2,000 men to properly police this stretch of Yemen’s vast coastline. He only has 185.

“The government is busy with bigger issues — resources are scarce,” he said.

Yemen is locked in the middle of a conflict — proxy battle between Iranian-backed Houthis and a Saudi-backed coalition— that has thrown 20 million people into a sprawling humanitarian crisis. Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and 53,000 more wounded in the conflict, according to the United Nations, though many believe the figures are much higher.

Despite this grim reality, African migrants are fleeing crises at home in search of employment and opportunity in Saudi Arabia, and are hoping to pass through Yemen’s war zone to get there. VICE News witnessed hundreds of migrants starting their long walk from the shores of Bi’r Ali in south-east Yemen to the Saudi border.

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‘Saudis threaten to bomb Sanaa, more blood will be shed’ – analyst on Yemen conflict

Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed by Houthi rebels close to the capital, Sanaa. The escalation has led the United Nations to call for an end to the conflict.

Until recently, Saleh’s allies had been fighting alongside Houthi rebels against the current president, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. However, on Saturday, he made a public break from the Shiite opposition fighters. That was seen as a betrayal by the Houthis.

Political analyst Omar Nashabe told us he believes the situation in Yemen may now become even worse.

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Houthis cheer Yemeni ex-president Saleh’s death in Sanaa, now under their control

Smoke fills the air as fighters from Ansarallah, also known as the Houthis, continue to gain grounds through the Yemeni capital Sanaa from former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s forces on Monday.
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Yemen ex-president Saleh killed by Houthis – reports (DISTURBING FOOTAGE)

The former President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has been killed by Houthi fighters, the country’s Houthi-controlled interior ministry confirmed. However, Saleh’s party denies reports of his death.

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Dozens killed as Saudi-led coalition strike hits hotel near Sanaa, Yemen

Saudi-led coalition strike hits hotel near Sanaa, Yemen, killing dozens of Houthis and civilians
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Tomahawk retaliation: US destroy 3 ‘radar sites’ in Yemen in first direct attack on Houthis

The US military has carried out a series of “limited self-defence strikes” in Yemen, the Pentagon has announced. The attack, authorized by President Obama, was carried out in retaliation to recent attacks on the US naval destroyer, USS Mason.

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Yemen: 100,000 strong rally in support of Houthis

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Sanaa’s central square on Saturday in a powerful display of support for the Shiite Houthi rebels and Saleh. Demonstrators cheered a recently established Supreme Political Council that includes representatives of the Houthi movement, as well as supporters of Saleh.

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