The Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni government alleged that Houthi rebels had violated a ceasefire 105 times in 24 hours on Sunday, May 17. The ceasefire, unilaterally declared by the coalition on Thursday, April 9, was extended on Friday, April 24, to allow the country to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. As of Thursday, May 21, the Houthis have not publicly accepted the ceasefire.
Further fighting is to be expected in the near term.
Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered 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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