UN Chief Warns Yemen ‘Collapsing’ as Al Qaeda Group Makes Gains

TIME

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon warned the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that Yemen was “collapsing before our eyes,” as a powerful al-Qaeda affiliate took advantage of the power vacuum in the country’s capital to seize a Yemeni Army facility.

Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation, has been rocked by sectarian and political violence that came to a head last week, when the Houthi rebels that recently toppled the country’s president dissolved parliament.

On Wednesday, thousands of people in the capital protested the effective coup by the predominantly Shi’ite group, and the United States, Britain and France all closed their embassies amid security concerns..

As if to highlight the potential for turmoil, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the powerful al-Qaeda branch that controls large swathes of territory in the southeast, said Thursday that they had seized the headquarters of a Yemeni Army brigade, the New York Times reports. While the…

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