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The Beautiful Yemen You Have to Visit to Appreciate

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Despite its ancient roots as the crossroads of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, the modern Republic of Yemen is a relatively new state.

It was created after communist South Yemen and traditional North Yemen merged in 1990, following years of strife.

Tensions remain between the north and the south, however. A southern separatist movement was defeated in a short civil war in 1994, and tensions re-emerged in 2009 when government troops and rebels, known as the Houthi, clashed in the north, killing hundreds and displacing more than a quarter of a million people.

A fresh wave of protests in 2011, inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, forced then-President Ali Abdallah Saleh to resign.

Yemen has also become a base for militant groups, like Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, adding to instability in the country. The country spiralled into civil war in 2014 and, despite peace initiatives, fighting continues.

  • Republic of Yemen
  • Capital : Sanaa
  • Population 25.6 million
  • Area 536,869 sq km (207,286 sq miles)
  • Major language Arabic
  • Major religion Islam
  • Life expectancy 65 years (men), 68 years (women)
  • Currency Yemeni riyal


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