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12 août 2019 | 21h04 UTC

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition launches airstrike on separatists following capture of Aden August 11 /update 3

Yemen Alerte de sécurité

Saudi-led coalition launches airstrike on UAE-backed separatists August 11 after separatists take control of Aden August 10; Saudi-led coalition threatens additional attacks on separatist-held positions

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/8/2019, 12h00 until 14/8/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Aden

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Event

The Saudi-led coalition reportedly launched an airstrike targeting UAE-backed separatists in Yemen on Sunday, August 11, after the separatists had seized control of Aden from the internationally recognized Yemeni government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi as of Saturday, August 10. The moves mark a significant fracturing of the Saudi-led alliance in the Yemeni Civil War, which is likely to complicate UN efforts to end the conflict. The UN has withdrawn some of its staff from the city amid the conflagration.

Although no major armed exchanges were reported in Aden on Monday, August 12, additional clashes are possible in the city and its environs over the coming days. The Saudi-led coalition has threatened the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) with further attacks if its fighters fail to withdraw from their recently seized positions in Aden.

Context

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.

Advice

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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