Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Yemen's Ambassador Accuses Houthis of Perpetuating Conflict

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Yemen's Ambassador Accuses Houthis of Perpetuating Conflict

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Dr. Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, Yemen's ambassador to the U.S., used his brief remarks on Oct. 27 to lambast the Houthis for what he called their destructive role in the country's ongoing civil conflict. Yemen has serious problems, "all of which [have] been caused by the irresponsible actions of Houthi rebels allied with the forces of former President [Ali Abdullah] Saleh," he charged.

In March 2015, Houthi rebels disgruntled with the country's failed national dialogue process forced President Abd Raboo Mansour Al Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia. Riyadh responded by organizing a military operation against the insurgency. More than 10,000 Yemenis have died in fighting since then, according to the U.N., while countless others have been injured and/or displaced. More than half of the country's 26 million people are in need of food aid.

Though the Houthis still control the capital of Sana'a, President Hadi has returned to Yemen and is currently operating out of the coastal city of Aden. …

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