March 25, 2015
Houthi rebel attacks captured more territory this week, including the central city of Taiz, as they continue to make advances in their bid for control of Yemen. The conflict between the Houthis and the government has rapidly escalated since January when Houthi rebels besieged the presidential compound, which led to the resignation of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the prime minister, and the cabinet.
In the face of these attacks, Yemen President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has appealed for U.N. intervention, as the United States is pulling its troops from the country due to security conditions. The Yemen government has further appealed for regional military aid, specifically requesting neighboring states to engage in military strikes against the Houthi rebels. Further complicating the situation, an affiliate of ISIS has claimed responsibility for the two suicide attacks last week on mosques in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, which claimed the lives of at least 137 people. The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, warned that the country is on the brink of a civil war, and announced that peace talks between the Yemini parties will take place in Doha.