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Yemen (i/ˈjɛmən/; Arabic: اليَمَن al-Yaman), officially known as the Republic of Yemen (الجمهورية اليمنية al-Jumhūrīyah al-Yamanīyah), is an Arab country in Western Asia, occupying the southwestern to the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is the second largest country in the peninsula, occupying 527,970 km2 (203,850 sq mi). The coastline stretches for about 2,000 km (1,200 mi). It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the west, the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea to the south, and Oman to the east. Although Yemen's constitutionally stated capital is the city of Sana'a, the city has been under rebel control since February 2015. Because of this, Yemen's capital has been temporarily relocated to the port city of Aden, on the southern coast. Yemen's territory includes more than 200 islands; the largest of these is Socotra.

Yemen was the home of the Sabaeans (biblical Sheba), a trading state that flourished for over a thousand years and probably also included parts of modern-day Ethiopia and Eritrea. In 275 AD, the region came under the rule of the later Jewish influenced Himyarite Kingdom. Christianity arrived in the 4th century AD whereas Judaism and local paganism were already established. Islam spread quickly in the 7th century and Yemenite troops were crucial in the expansion of the early Islamic conquests. Administration of Yemen has long been notoriously difficult. Several dynasties emerged from the 9th to 16th century, the Rasulid being the strongest and most prosperous. The country was divided between the Ottoman and British empires in the early 20th century. The Zaydi Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen was established after World War I in North Yemen before the creation of Yemen Arab Republic in 1962. South Yemen remained a British protectorate until 1967. The two Yemeni states united to form the modern republic of Yemen in 1990.

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Gulf states condemn Houthi drone launched at Saudi Arabia

The National 14 Jun 2021
Gulf states and the Arab Parliament on Monday condemned Yemen’s Houthi rebels for launching an armed drone at Saudi Arabia ... The UAE and Bahrain denounced the attack, the latest in the Yemen conflict that started in 2014. The attack “disregards international laws and norms,” Abu Dhabi’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement....

Houthis claim they arrested a Mossad spy in Yemen

The Jerusalem Post 09 Jun 2021
Last week, the Houthis expressed outrage at reports that Israeli tourists had visited the island of Socotra off the coast of Yemen through the United Arab Emirates, saying that this "contradicts international law, since Socotra is Yemeni and occupied by the coalition," according to Arabic reports....

Yemen Says to Expose Mossad Activities After Detaining Spy

Kayhan 09 Jun 2021
Both developments recently drew condemnation of the UAE by the Yemeni government over violating Yemen’s sovereignty and contravening international law, especially following the illegally-run tours to Socotra from Abu Dhabi, some of which included Zionist tourists....

Back to old habits? South African arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Mail Guardian South Africa 07 Jun 2021
But 26 years later, the plan to implement a system that ensures responsible arms trades guided by international law has failed ... Violations of international law ... While South Africa has repeatedly reiterated the importance of all parties adhering to international law in Yemen, its arms exports speak a different language....

Immigrants who entered US illegally denied permanent residency by Supreme Court

Metro UK 07 Jun 2021
The high court’s decision on Monday could affect hundreds of thousands of people who hoped to obtain green cards granting them lawful permanent resident status ... Kagan called the decision ‘a straightforward application’ of the law, which generally maintains that an immigrant had to enter legally in order to qualify for a green card....

Biden Joins Long Line of Presidents to ‘Woefully’ Undercount Civilians Killed in US Wars

Antiwar 05 Jun 2021
According to a Department of Defense (pdf), US forces killed 23 civilians last year during military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen ... The report woefully undercounts civilian deaths while covering strikes in #Iraq, #Syria, #Afghanistan, #Yemen, and #Somalia ... attack, including Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, and Libya....

Meet the people of Marib, the unlikely tent-filled haven in war torn Yemen

The National 04 Jun 2021
Yemen’s Houthis using waves of children in assaults on Marib front line. Yemen government vows not to lose ‘existential’ fight in Marib ... “Here everyone is equal no matter your region of origin, or where are you from in Yemen, because in contrast to many cities in Yemen, in Marib there is law,” he said....

No end in sight for Yemen's humanitarian crisis

Press TV 03 Jun 2021
Mohammed Abdul Salam said the blockade on Yemen goes against international law and Yemenis have the right to access food, medicine, and fuel, even under the ongoing war ... For weeks now, Oman's capital, Muscat, has been hosting fresh rounds of talks between the warring sides of Yemen....

Saudi Arabia still biggest buyer of French arms despite Paris reduction of weapons export in 2020

Press TV 03 Jun 2021
French arms to Saudi Arabia have been a matter of concern for rights organizations and groups due to a years-long bloody war in impoverished Yemen ... They said that it had been detected that French arms sales were responsible for certain serious violations of humanitarian law, particularly in Yemen with dramatic consequences for Yemenis....

Humanitarian community takes action to stop famine in Yemen

Reliefweb 02 Jun 2021
The humanitarian situation in Yemen is alarming, with millions of people facing famine ... crisis in Yemen ... I call on the parties to the conflict to respect International Humanitarian law and allow to deliver urgently needed aid to the affected population throughout Yemen.”....

Yemen: EU co-hosts humanitarian community meeting as famine looms

Reliefweb 01 Jun 2021
The humanitarian situation in Yemen is alarming, with millions of people facing famine ... in Yemen ... I call on the parties to the conflict to respect International Humanitarian law and allow the delivery of urgently needed aid to the affected population throughout Yemen.”....

Houthi slams ‘weak’ UN response to Yemen’s humanitarian crisis

Press TV 31 May 2021
“The blockade is a collective punishment and a procedure that violates international decisions and humanitarian norms and contradicts all laws.” ... Yemen government ... law. Yemen’s government once again strongly denounces the occupation of its islands by Saudi Arabia-led coalition, saying the move is a blatant violation of international law....

Why does FGM happen and where is it legal?

Metro UK 31 May 2021
... Sierra Leone (FGM pertaining to initiations are criminalised, but the practice is not nationally banned) Singapore Somalia (FGM is prohibited in the Constitution, but there are no known laws or prosecutions) Somaliland Sri Lanka Syria Thailand UAE (United Arab Emirates) Yemen....