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Yemen Under Onslaught by Iran-Backed Rebels

Last week we reported on the suicide bombings that killed over 100 in Yemen, and we have also told you about the persecution faced by the country’s remaining Jews. Today, news from Yemen has grown worse, as The Times of Israel reports that the Yemeni president has fled, the defense minister has been captured, and Iran-backed rebels are gaining ground:

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled his country by sea on a boat from the port of Aden, as Shiite rebels and their allies advance on this southern city, security and port officials said Wednesday…

Yemen has been gripped by growing turmoil since the Houthi Shiite rebels launched a power takeover in Sanaa in February.

The strife has raised fears that the country could be torn apart by a proxy war between Shiite Iran, accused of backing the rebels, and Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, which supports Hadi.

In a major blow to the embattled leader, the Houthis said they had captured his defense minister in their push southwards.

Tags: Middle East Unrest , Iran

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