Separatist forces aligned with the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) reportedly seized effective control of Aden on Saturday, August 10, complicating UN efforts to end the Yemeni Civil War. Aden was the temporary capital of the internationally recognized Yemeni government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is based in Riyadh. The separatists' seizure of Aden was preceded by clashes between separatists and Hadi-aligned government forces that began on Wednesday, August 7, after separatists claimed a Hadi-aligned group was complicit in a Houthi-claimed missile attack on a military parade of separatist-allied forces in Aden.
Similar clashes are possible in Aden over the coming hours and days.
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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