Hundreds of people protested in Aden and Taiz on Wednesday, October 3, to denounce increasing prices and deteriorating living conditions. Demonstrators reportedly marched through many major streets in Aden province to protest the ruling Southern Transitional Council (STC); in Taiz, most shops were closed as residents marched to denounce increased prices and the continuing war between the Saudi- and UAE-led Arab coalition and the Houthi rebels. Similar protests are possible in Aden and Taiz in the coming days. Localized traffic disruptions, as well as disruptions to services and businesses, are to be anticipated near protest sites.
Protests have been staged nationwide in recent weeks denouncing the Yemeni government as well as the Saudi- and UAE-led Arab coalition, amid deteriorating economic and living conditions making life in the country increasingly difficult. Since the beginning of the civil war in 2015, the Yemeni rial has lost half of its value. This devaluation, combined with a drop in imports caused in part by the siege of Al-Hudaydah, has led to a sharp increase in commodity prices by 30 to 40 percent.
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. The UN has labeled the situation in Yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis of 2018.
Individuals in Aden and Taiz are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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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