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The Last Thing Yemen Needed Was a Second Civil War

The world’s worst man-made humanitarian crisis just got worse.

What exactly is there to celebrate? 

What exactly is there to celebrate? 

Photographer: Nabil Hasan/AFP/Getty Images

Whether Yemen ever really deserved the Roman-era appellation of Arabia Felix is debatable, but few would contest its modern-day claim as the Arab world’s least fortunate nation. Already ravaged by conflict and cholera, the country now faces a new civil war in the south, between separatists and government forces.

This second civil war is taking place within the battle lines of an ongoing internecine struggle between northern rebels and the government. And both of these wars are wrapped inside a larger conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran.