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Yemen on edge of civil war, UN envoy warns

Yemeni men inspect the damage following a bomb explosion at the Badr mosque in southern Sanaa on March 20, 2015Yemen is nearing “the edge of civil war”, the UN envoy to the country warned as the Security Council voiced unanimous support for its embattled leader and Shiite militia seized the airport in a key city. The impoverished country has descended into chaos in recent months, with the militia, known as Huthis seizing control of capital Sanaa and forcing President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee to the main southern city of Aden. The UN Security Council held an emergency session Sunday as unrest mounted, including suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group that killed 142 people in Sanaa on Friday. “(Recent events) seem to be leading Yemen to the edge of a civil war,” UN envoy Jamal Benomar told the meeting on Sunday by video link from Qatar, warning that without immediate action “the country will slide further into further violence and dislocation”.

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