Yemen / by Lewis McKinnon

The United Nations (UN)-sponsored peace talks resumed in Kuwait on July 16, however they were extended for an additional week and set to reconvene next month as a solution to the conflict is yet to be found. The Houthis declared that they would set up a governing body to run Yemen, as peace talks continued to be inconclusive. The UN called for a humanitarian truce in Taiz, as the government’s offensive to regain the city from the Houthi raised war crime allegations. Yemen’s health care system continues to collapse under airstrikes, causing unnecessary deaths from lack of medical care. The governor of Aden survived another car bomb attack, after his predecessor was killed by a similar explosion claimed by the Islamic State in December 2015. Seven Saudi troops and dozens of Houthi fighters were killed in a heavy clash on the Yemeni/Saudi border. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for an explosion in Aden that wounded six soldiers and killed four. A car bomb exploded outside Bilal mosque in western Sanaa. Al-Qaeda led an assault on a military base near the international airport of Aden, killing eight Yemeni troops and six militants. Houthi forces launched a rocket barrage outside the city of Marib, killing seven children. The Yemeni government declared the sale of three million barrels of crude to Glencore, despite criticism from the main Yemeni refinery that has been struggling to provide fuel for local power stations. Frozen bank funds have left importers unable to buy new food stock, leaving many areas in Yemen close to famine. Over $200 million of funds from the Yemeni Central Bank were transported by plane to Bahrain and deposited in Saudi Arabia.