Yemen's internationally recognized government and the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) signed a power-sharing agreement on Tuesday, November 5, to end a rift within the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels. The two sides have been plagued by infighting since August, when STC separatists seized control of Aden from government troops, leading to weeks of violent clashes. The agreement reportedly calls for a cabinet reshuffle and greater representation for the separatists in the new government.
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 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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