Yemen civil war: Who's fighting the brutal conflict that's left millions on the brink of famine
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- A civil war between the government of Yemen and Houthi rebel forces has spiraled into the world's most severe humanitarian crisis.
- Yemeni civilians are caught in the crossfire in what is largely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia, which backs the Yemeni government, and Iran, which is accused of supplying arms to the Houthis.
- A coalition that includes countries like Egypt, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates has pledged to support Saudi Arabia to counter Iran.
- The US has lent logistical and intelligence support to Saudi Arabia, but US lawmakers are now vowing to end this support, citing Saudi Arabia's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the devastation the Yemen conflict has caused.
- According to human rights organizations, over 22 million civilians are in desperate need of assistance in Yemen - and nearly 6,000 have been killed.
- The civil war has a long history - we've highlighted the key contributors and how deeply they are involved in the crisis.