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2018 YemenYemen. Since 2014, Yemen has been plagued by a bloody conflict between Iranian-backed Shiite Hire rebels and President Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi's forces, which is being helped by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

In a summary of the events in Yemen, the UN panel of experts stated at the beginning of the year: "After almost three years of conflict, Yemen has virtually ceased to exist as a state." It was also noted that "instead of a single state, there are warring ministries, and no single party has the political support or military strength to reunite the country or achieve victory on the battlefield." Amnesty International's annual report for 2017 was also bleak, calling the Yemen conflict "the world's worst humanitarian crisis". According to, the head of the UN's humanitarian efforts said in February that more than 22 million people were in need of relief.

2018 Yemen

In November, UN statistics were presented showing that more than 85,000 Yemeni children have died of starvation since 2015. The same month, 14 million people were said to be starving as a result of the war, and in a statement from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP)) found that ※the hunger crisis in Yemen is the most serious in the world. Millions of people are living on the verge of starvation and the situation is getting worse every day. According to UNICEF, a Yemeni child dies every ten minutes due to illness and malnutrition.

In addition, during the year, the conflict and civilian suffering were escalated by an offensive and blockade against the important port city of al-Hudayda, which is the only lifeline for the people living under the Huthi rebels, and thousands of people were forced to flee the city. However, a brightening came at the end of the year when it was decided to hold UN-led Yemen talks in Stockholm in December, at the same time as the US Senate decided to start phasing out US support for the Saudi-led alliance.

Possibly the peace plan for Yemen that UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths produced in June could be the basis for the Yemeni talks in Sweden in December. According to this peace plan, the Huthirebels would give up their ballistic robots in exchange for the Saudi-led coalition ending its bombers. Yemen would then eventually have a transitional government where "political groups should be adequately represented". Perhaps the most important decisions taken during these conversations, which took place at Johannesberg Castle outside Rimbo, were prisoner exchanges and an armistice in the port city of al-Hudayda.

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