The Yemen Conflict: Will Sa’nna fall?

The Yemen Conflict: Will Sa’nna fall?,” Rising Kashmir, 14 Feb 2019

While latest reports from the United Nations suggest a staggering increase in the number of civilian causalities in Yemen, signaling that the country is sure to see worse days in 2019, a statement from the oil minister of Yemen hinted otherwise. It mentioned that the state’s oil export is set to improve and that Yemen will soon increase its crude oil production to 110,000 barrels per day in 2019. In addition, popular media has also been publishing successful advances of the Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen, reflecting that things are already getting better there. It construes that the Houthi capital of Sa’nna is almost losing its grounds and will eventually surrender. With an escalating humanitarian disaster still at the fore, does this mean that political stability is what awaits the war-torn country as it enters new year? Are the Houthi rebels losing their battle?

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Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer
Research Associate in the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP) at the National Institute of Advance Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.

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