Yemen is a country on the Arabian Peninsula, and the second largest country there after Saudi Arabia, and also the poorest. Administration of Yemen has long been notoriously difficult and it has been divided continually.
Yemen has been in a state of political crisis since 2011, starting with street protests against poverty, unemployment, corruption. The country has been seeing conflicts between the Houthis and al-Islah, as well as the al-Qaeda insurgency. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Yemen.
Oil shipments were halted 10 days ago after two Saudi tankers came under attack by Houthi rebels. This week, Israel jumped into the fray, warning Iran that it was prepared to defend a key route — militarily if necessary.
The UN said Hodeida is "one airstrike away from an unstoppable" cholera epidemic. The port city through which most food and supplies enter Yemen is under attack by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels.