[ View the story "Houthis, Hadi and Yemen's political haze" on Storify] Houthis, Hadi and Yemen's political haze The Stream examines the country's ongoing crisis.
The Stream· Wed, Jan 28 2015 18:45:04
Following several days of fighting, Houthi fighters
Yemen's Presidential Palace in the capital Sanaa on January 20. They
President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi of backpedaling on a power-sharing deal that would ensure Houthi control in key areas of Sanaa. Two days later Hadi resigned, though his resignation has not yet been accepted.
Houthi fighters took over Sanaa last September. The group
their actions were necessary to achieve fair representation in government.
Resurgent Yemeni rebels mark religious eventaljazeeraenglish
The current crisis has been
as a set-back by the US, which had been working closely with Yemen’s government to hinder advances from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Yemen’s affiliate of the fighting group.
@AJStream Political instability usually favours AlQaeda. But int his case the #Houthis are the force effectively fighting it.Jason Sputnik
Houthi fighters are known as the rival insurgent group of al-Qaeda and often credit themselves for keeping the militant group at bay. Yet some
the Houthi movement may indirectly empower al-Qaeda and help them to gain wide support within the country.
@AJStream If their presence in #Yemen and in the government too grows stronger, I can see another push by the #Houthis to weaken #AlQaedaJason Sputnik
There was initial speculation that Hadi’s resignation would halt US drone strikes against Sunni militants, however on January 26, just days after what some are
a coup, the US
three al-Qaeda members through a targeted strike.
@AJStream Is it right for US to continue with the drone strikes in absence of government ? Don't we need a more legit strategy ? #YemenAnne
the highest civilian casualty rate in Yemen since 2009. According to
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
, the CIA and Pentagon have launched at least 73 drone strikes on the country, killing approximately 70 civilians.
@AJStream maybe stop killing innocent Yemeni families with drone strikes. That would be a good start. #Drones #Yemen #USAOmar Ali K R
Continued turmoil in the country comes as the Yemeni people face worsening humanitarian and economic conditions. According to
, 16 million people are in need of aid. Ten million Yemenis do not have adequate food, millions have no access to clean water and basic health care. Unemployment rates are
upwards of 50 per cent.
@AJStream economy crises is what scares Yemenis the most. For that the try to prevent the country from going the extremest option, Civil WarAbdo Elfgeeh
@AJStream the economical challenges are the greatest, ppl are suffering to secure there daily needs,electricity cuts add more to the sufferMazen Al-Hebshi
The Stream community shared their concerns as violence escalates in Yemen. Some Yemenis described what the situation was like on the ground:
@AJStream @ionacraig I have to check if it's safe around my university before going everymorning, and if it's safe to come back home.UDontKnowItYet.#Swag
@AJStream Children afraid of going to schools alone. Shooting and random bullets hit the educational buildings.South Voice
Others offered solutions to ending the Yemen crisis:
@AJStream Lack of Leadership is the issue. Ordinary Yemenis are aware of their problems & how to solve them, but politicians are messing upAbdo Elfgeeh
@AJStream Dialogue and reconciliation is the way forward in order for inclusiveness to exist and prevent chaos in the country #YemenCrisisFedwa Cy