Thursday, February 4, 2021

Yemen war: US 'to end support' for offensive operations - BBC News

Yemen war: US 'to end support' for offensive operations

The US is set to announce an end to its support for offensive operations in Yemen, which has been devastated by a six-year war in which more than 110,000 people are believed to have died.

The policy change by the new president, Joe Biden, was announced by his national security adviser on Thursday.

Under Mr Biden's two predecessors, the US backed a coalition led by Saudi Arabia against rebels in Yemen.

The conflict has left millions of Yemenis on the brink of starvation.

Fighting began in 2014 between a weak Yemeni government and the Houthi rebel movement. It escalated a year later, when Saudi Arabia and eight other Arab states - backed by the US, the UK and France - began air strikes against the Houthis.

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