Is Yemen On The Brink Of Civil War?

Shiite rebels in Yemen signed a UN-brokered agreement with other political parties this weekend to form a new government. In weeks of intense clashes, the Shiite Houthi rebels had taken over several major government sites in the capital Sana'a with little resistance from Yemeni military forces.

Despite the signing of the agreement, Yemeni President Rabbuh Mansour Hadi warned in a speech on Tuesday that the country could still be headed for civil war. The statement marked a drastic change in rhetoric since Hadi met with the Huthis on Sunday.

In a HuffPost Live conversation on Wednesday, Yemen analyst and researcher Sama’a al-Hamdani traced the history behind the crisis and explained why the military allowed the crisis to spiral out of control.

Watch al-Hamdani's explanation in the video above.

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