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Aug 10, 2019 | 17:50 GMT

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Yemen: Separatists Seize Control of Aden, Fracturing Saudi-Led Coalition

What Happened: Separatists in southern Yemen have taken effective control of Aden, the seat of the internationally recognized government, as fighting continued between nominal allies who have turned on each other, Reuters reported Aug. 10.

Why It Matters: The fighting indicates a rift in the Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement since March 2015 and threatens to open a new front in Yemen's war. The move also complicates efforts by the United Nations to end the conflict and could affect efforts to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Background: The Yemen war has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the impoverished country to the brink of famine.

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