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In the more than 9 years of war, more than 4 million people have been displaced in Yemen

Yemen’s IDP crisis

Summary: the plight of Yemen’s IDPs receives little or no international recognition but more than 4 million have been forced out of their homes; living in severe deprivation they face an uncertain future in a country still without a peace deal that would end nearly ten years of civil war.

Huthi attacks against shipping in the Red and Arabian seas are continuing on a more or less consistent schedule [photo credit: Ansar Allah]

Yemen update

Summary: at the point when Hamas launched their 7 October attack a deal in Yemen appeared close to being realised but the war in Gaza and Huthi maritime attacks in support of Palestine have pushed to the sidelines the possibility of peace in a country ravaged by nearly ten years of civil war.

Cultural genocide in Gaza

Cultural genocide in Gaza

Summary: as the death and destruction wrought on Gaza by the IDF continues unchecked few have given thought to the concomitant erasure of cultural history that Israel is systematically carrying out in the Strip.

Abdullah, 35, who lost both of his legs to a landmine while taking goats to graze, with his two children, Al-Shaqb, Yemen, April 27, 2024. [photo credit: Niku Jafarnia/HRW]

A lethal legacy of the Yemen war

Summary: as a shaky truce continues to hold very little has been done to remove landmines and other unexploded ordinance scattered across a country riven by nearly a decade of war.

Women in Yemen wearing a traditional conical straw sunhat called a madhalla working in the fields

Yemen’s agriculture under siege

Summary: more than ten years of war, climate change and agricultural practices that benefit wealthy landowners and further impoverish the poor have left the vast majority of the Yemeni population suffering from food insecurity.

On 1 April 2024, an Israeli airstrike destroyed the Iranian consulate annex building adjacent to the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria, killing 16 people, including a senior Quds Force commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, and seven other IRGC officers.

Of bombs and bluffs

Summary: Iran’s massive missile attack on Israel did little damage which was unsurprising given the advance warning Tehran provided; all sides can claim a measure of victory. But as the Gaza war edges ever closer to a regional conflict the question is what comes next ?

President of the Southern Transitional Council, Vice President of the Presidential Leadeship Council, Aidros Al Zubidi and PLC President PresidentRashad meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State Blinken, September 18, 2023

Yemen’s IRG: a portrait in failure

Summary: Yemen’s Internationally Recognised Government is supported by a powerful international coalition, so why hasn’t it defeated the Huthis?

The lives of +2 million people have been devastated in Gaza and the catastrophic situation deteriorates by the minute [photo credit: UNRWA]

UNRWA on the brink

Summary: the UN agency dedicated to Palestinian refugees is on the brink of collapse, facing huge funding cuts and a dire situation amid the war in Gaza. But now more than ever, Europeans need to support its operations or risk an even more unstable situation.

UN experts say they have seen “credible allegations” that Palestinian women and girls have been subjected to sexual assaults, including rape, while in Israeli detention, and are calling for a full investigation [photo credit: IDF]

International Women’s Day: nothing to celebrate

Summary: women and their children in Gaza are paying a terrible price as Israel continues its genocidal campaign but where, a young Tunisian woman asks, are the voices of Western feminists in denouncing the Gaza war?

In a statement on Tuesday Huthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said the group had used drones to target a number of United States warships in the Red Sea and Arabian Sea as well as sites in the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat

Yemen feels the heat from Gaza

Summary: the war in Gaza is casting a long shadow in Yemen where urgently needed humanitarian aid is falling far short of requirements and efforts to achieve a peace deal are being stymied in part by the US designation of the Huthis as a terrorist group.

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