Clashes in western Yemen between Saudi-backed coalition forces and Houthi rebels killed at least 115 people in two days of fighting as of Saturday, May 12. The clashes reportedly took place west of Taiz province, with forces allied with the Saudi-led coalition taking control of some Houthi rebel-held areas in the region. Further fighting between the sides is expected in the coming days as Yemeni army and allied forces likely continue to advance through Houthi-controlled territory along the western coast toward Al-Hudaydah.
Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.
Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments strongly advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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