War In Yemen

War In Yemen

The Guardian

David Davis, Staff Writer

The fighting in the Middle East seems endless, whether it is the conflict with ISIS, the war in Iraq, or the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian crisis. All of these wars have been publicized in the United States, but have you heard about the war in Yemen? Civil war has plagued this Middle Eastern country since February when the rebels forced president, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, to flee the capital.

In a civil war, it’s common for the fighting to be fought between the national government and rebels who disagree with the current government. In the Yemeni Civil War, the rebels have aggressively forced the president out of power in the national government, dissolved Parliament, and appointed themselves the new government of Yemen.

The aftermath left nothing; no people, no factory, nothing. The most that was found were body parts buried beneath the rubble.”

— BBC

The fight is between those loyal to President Hadi and a group called the Houthis. The Houthis are the group of rebels that are loyal to Zaidi Shia; however, both groups are fighting a third party as well.

This third party is the terrorist organization al-Qaeda. Not only does President Hadi have to fight the rebels, but also a group known for their deadly attacks. The same can be said about the rebels.

Although the Yemeni Civil War officially started in 2015, it really started years before. The government has been fighting al-Qaeda since 2001 and the rebels since 2011. The government has been fighting forces inside their country for over 14 years.

This civil war is unusual because there are three forces trying to take control of the country in its people. There are also many outside forces helping President Hadi and his men and the Houthis. President Hadi is supported by countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, United States, and others; however, the United States is only helping with airstrikes on al-Qaeda. The Houthis are supported by countries such as North Korea, Iran, and Russia.

Saudi Arabia is contributing very heavily to the war. They are mainly doing it to support President Hadi, but they also have another motive. Saudi Arabia and Iran are huge rivals, so it’s no surprise  they support opposite sides in the war. Saudi Arabia has henceforth called for a blockade and controls what comes in and out by land, sea, and air. Almost everyday in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is dropping bombs via airstrike.

There was one airstrike in particular that devastated families. Close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, there was a water bottle factory managed and owned by civilians. When the night shift was almost over, Saudi Arabia ordered an attack on the factory. The aftermath left nothing; no people, no factory, nothing. The most that was found were body parts buried beneath the rubble. Instances like this aren’t rare. This is happening all over Yemen. There are more than 2,000 civilians that have been killed from the fighting.