On 26 September 1962, revolutionary republicans – led by the army – staged a coup d’erat against the newly-crowned Imam Muhammad al-Badr. They declared a republic under the presidency of military commander Abdullah as-Sallal. There followed eight years of “civil war” which included the involvement of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, sneaky interventions by the British and enough twists and turns to make for a long read…
Sadly, in 2015, Yemen’s Second Civil War broke out, between Government and Houthi rebels. The proxy participants this time are Iran and Saudi Arabia. Saudi bombing, including of civilian areas, is estimated to have taken over 17,000 lives.