Yemen / by Alistair Galloway

Houthi rebels in Yemen named the former governor of Aden, Abdel Aziz Saleh Habtour, as their prime minister on 3 October. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported a large rise in cholera cases in Yemen since the outbreak in early October. Samantha Power, the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations (UN), called for an end to the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes in Yemen on 31 October. Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad, put forward a roadmap for peace in Yemen during a UN Security Council meeting on 31 October. Saudi Arabia is under investigation by UN experts for an airstrike that killed 140 in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on 8 October. Five members of the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula terrorist organisation were killed in Yemen by an American airstrike on 21 October. A 72 hour ceasefire took place from 19 to 22 October in Yemen. United States (US) Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan announced that the US has intercepted four weapon shipments from Iran to Yemen since April 2015 on 27 October. Houthi rebels in Yemen requested donations to the Yemeni central bank in order to alleviate the economic crisis facing the country and help fund the conflict against the Saudi government. Yemen’s central bank in Aden was attacked on 29 October in an attempt to further destabilise the country’s economy.

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