This file photo taken on June 12, 2015 shows Yemenis searching for survivors under the rubble of houses in the UNESCO-listed heritage site in the old city of Yemeni capital Sanaa, following an overnight Saudi-led air strike. / AFP / MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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Deadly fighting, a rise in extremism, the threat of famine -- two years after Saudi Arabia intervened against Iran-backed rebels, Yemen is more unstable than ever.The war has become "a quagmire", Peter Salisbury, a research fellow at London's Chatham House, said ahead of the March 26 anniversary of the intervention of the Saudi-led coalition.Financed and equipped by the coalition, various factions are aligned with Yemen's internationally recognized government against the Huthi rebels and their allies.The conflict has killed nearly 7,700 people, more than half of them civilians, and wounded more 42,500 others, while it has displaced three million people.To send a message to Tehran, Washington may seek to increase backing for the Saudi-led coalition but that could prove to be a serious mistake, the two analysts wrote in the journal Foreign Policy last month.Rights groups have repeatedly criticized the coalition bombing campaign in Yemen for causing civilian casualties.Alani said Prince Mohammed has taken a lower profile on Yemen over the past year.Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, on the other hand, remains prominent even though analysts dismiss him as unpopular and ineffective.
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