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UN Warns Of Civil War In Yemen

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Jamal Benomar warns of a civil war should the current peace talks fail.

It would resemble the situations in Syria, Libya and Iraq he warned. The United Nations envoy to Yemen is asking all sides to come up with a peaceful solution.

Aljazeera reports:

The UN special envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, told Al Jazeera on Thursday that there is a real danger of the country disintegrating and a civil war erupting.
Benomar has been meeting all parties in Yemen as well as regional powers in a bid to resolve the country’s crisis.
“If there is no agreement, the prospects are very bleak. It’s a combination of scenarios like Syria, Libya and Iraq. It’s a horrible scenario and all sides are aware that every effort should be made for a peaceful way forward.”
Yemen is caught in a standoff between deposed president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Shia Houthi rebels, now the country’s de-facto rulers.
Last month, Hadi fled a house arrest by Houthis in the capital Sanaa to the southern port city of Aden and re-established his presidency there.
Soon afterwards, the UN announced it would mediate in a dialogue between the two sides. But Hadi has refused to talk with the Houthis unless they vacate Sanaa and has asked to move the talks to a neutral area.

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