Crowds Cheer a New Governing Council in Yemen

By AINARA TIEFENTHÄLER for The New York Times

Thousands gathered in Sana, the capital, to celebrate the formation of a new coalition governing body and to denounce airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition.

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Saudi-Backed Forces Said to Wrest Aden, Yemen, From Houthis

Article by SAEED AL-BATATI and KAREEM FAHIM for the New York Times

AL MUKALLA, Yemen — The exiled Yemeni government said Friday that Saudi-backed fighters had “completely liberated” the southern city of Aden from the Houthi rebels who had tried for months to bring it under their control.

Witnesses in the city said that at least one neighborhood was still contested and that Houthi snipers remained active in several others. But rapid gains by the anti-Houthi fighters over the past few days appeared hard to reverse and potentially gave Saudi Arabia, which has been bombing the Houthis since late March and backing their opponents, its first battlefield victory.

The Yemeni prime minister, Khaled Bahah, called the gains a “historic moment” and said his government would quickly turn to repairing the devastation in Aden. The steady destruction of the city, Yemen’s second largest, has come to symbolize the hardships and horrors visited on civilians, including shelling, airstrikes and chronic shortages of water and electricity.

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Timeline: The rise of Yemen's Houthi rebels

Al-Jazeera publishes a timeline of the rise of Yemen's Houthi rebels. Read it here.

Meeting the Houthis - and their enemies

By Safa Al-Ahmad for the BBC

Last September, thousands of fighters from northern Yemen seized control of the country's capital, Sanaa. The government was weak, its army fractured, and the rebels - called the Houthis - took the city in only four days.

The secretive Houthi movement was always a mystery to me.

I went to Yemen to follow them, to understand where they came from and what they want since they have suddenly become the most powerful people in Yemen.

I discovered a divided country. The Houthis who belong to the Zaidi sect- an offshoot of Shia Islam, still control the capital, but face a determined alliance of al-Qaeda and other Sunni militants further south.

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