On November 4, a rebel group called the Houthis fired a missile from Yemen towards Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi air defense forces were able to shoot it down. No damage was done in Riyadh.
There has been a war going on in Yemen that has devastated the nation. To understand what’s going on, let’s go back to 2011. That year, protests were held in Yemen demanding that the nation’s leader step down. The president of the country had been in power for 33 years, and eventually gave up the role to the vice-president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Hadi became Yemen’s president.
In 2015, a rebel group called the Houthis took control of Yemen’s capital city Sanaa and some other parts of the country. They said that the government was dishonest and treated their people unfairly. The Houthis put Hadi under house arrest. Hadi escaped and went to a city in Yemen called Aden where he established a temporary capital. Houthi fighters started getting close to Aden. Hadi fled to the neighboring country Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and some other nations got involved in the fight going on in Yemen. They helped Hadi back into Aden, and sent in joint forces to fight the Houthis. This fight has been going on since 2015.
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Did you know?
Mocha coffee beans were originally cultivated in Yemen, and the beans got their name because they were shipped from Yemen’s port city, Mocha.
Image Credits: https://en.wikipedia.org for the map image of Riyadh, http://www.agsiw.org for Hadi’s image, arakanindobhasaa.blogspot.com for the map of Yemen
Sources: http://www.spa.gov.sa, http://www.coffeereview.com, Al Jazeera, TRT World