Saudi Coalition and Yemeni Houthis Clash Again in Regional Struggle for Power

By Sarah Akbar

Airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition destroyed a military encampment belonging to Houthi rebels in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa early Sunday morning, intensifying the hostilities in the region. The airstrike was supposedly in retaliation for the bombing of dozens of coalition soldiers by the Houthis in the coalition-controlled central Marib province. Yemen has been embroiled in civil unrest, with the Houthis allying with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the coalition backing current President Rabbo Mansour Hadi (who was originally installed by a Gulf-Arab deal that ousted former President Saleh in 2012). The struggle for control of Yemen began in March of 2015 and has only intensified among international calls for a ceasefire and pleas for aid in the ensuing humanitarian crisis. The escalation of fighting this past weekend bodes ill for both of these appeals.