Area Total 527,968 sq km
Climate mostly desert; hot and humid along west coast; temperate in western mountains affected by seasonal monsoon; extraordinarily hot, dry, harsh desert in east
Natural Resources petroleum, fish, rock salt, marble; small deposits of coal, gold, lead, nickel, and copper; fertile soil in west
Imports $4.079 billion (2017 est.) partners: UAE 12.2%, China 12.1%, Turkey 8.7%, Brazil 7.3%, Saudi Arabia 6.5%, Argentina 5.5%, India 4.7% (2017) – food and live animals, machinery and equipment, chemicals
Exports $384.5 million (2017 est.) partners: Egypt 29.4%, Thailand 16.7%, Belarus 13.5%, Oman 10.5%, UAE 6.5%, Saudi Arabia 5% (2017) -crude oil, coffee, dried and salted fish, liquefied natural gas
Government in transition
Capital Sanaa
Population 28.7 million (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity predominantly Arab; but also Afro-Arab, South Asian, European
Language Arabic (official); note: a distinct Socotri language is widely used on Socotra Island and Archipelago; Mahri is still fairly widely spoken in eastern Yemen

Yemen occupies the southwest corner of the Arabian peninsula. Saudi Arabia is to its north and Oman to the east.

Within Yemen, there has traditionally been a divide between north and south. The country has only been unified since 1990. Since 2011, a civil war has been going on between the Houthis in the south and the government forces in the north. Saudi Arabia has been participating on the side of the government.

Although Yemen is poor, it has many places of historical and archaeological significance. The Queen of Sheba is said to have reigned there in ancient times.

News about Yemen

  • Yemen’s warring parties agree to extend ceasefire by a further two months
    by Melanie Swan in Mukallah on August 4, 2022

    The truce will bring some relief to a country exhausted by war and famine, but critics say the Houthis will use the peace to regroupThe UN has announced that the warring sides in Yemen have agreed to extend the current ceasefire for a further two months.Late on Tuesday the government and the Houthi rebels committed to intensify efforts on negotiations, said […]

  • US approves $5bn sale of missile defense systems to Saudi, UAE
    by AFP on August 2, 2022

    The United States announced Tuesday the sale of major missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates... The post US approves $5bn sale of missile defense systems to Saudi, UAE appeared first on Iraqi News.

  • Aid groups call on Yemen rivals to extend truce
    by AFP on August 1, 2022

    Thirty aid agencies working in war-torn Yemen on Monday called on rival forces to extend a four-month long truce helping millions of struggling civilians... The post Aid groups call on Yemen rivals to extend truce appeared first on Iraqi News.

  • Iraqi Basketball Association to participate in Arab Club Basketball Championship
    by Amr Salem on July 27, 2022

    Baghdad ( – The Arab Basketball Federation announced on Wednesday the teams participating in the 2022 Men’s Club Championship, according to statement reported by Mawazin News. The Arab Basketball Federation announced the participation of 13 Arab clubs so far in the 34th season of the Arab Club Basketball Championship which will be held in […]

  • Yemen truce holds, but blocked roads a ‘major’ worry for UN
    by AFP on July 20, 2022

    A truce has brought respite to Yemen after seven years of devastating war, but the blockage of roads remains a "major" humanitarian concern... The post Yemen truce holds, but blocked roads a ‘major’ worry for UN appeared first on Iraqi News.

  • Iraqi passport ranks second worst globally
    by IraqiNews on July 19, 2022

    Baghdad ( – The Iraqi passport came in as the second worst passport in an annual ranking of the world’s most powerful passports. According to the Henley Passport Index, the Iraqi passport only ranked better than Afghanistan and the worst passport to have amongst Arab countries including Yemen, Syria, Libya, and the Palestinian Territories. […]

  • Oil trumps human rights as Biden forced to compromise in Middle East
    by Bethan McKernan in Jerusalem on July 16, 2022

    US president’s attempts to ostracise Saudi crown prince were foiled by a fist bumpFor all the careful choreography of Joe Biden’s Middle East tour, the White House made a major miscalculation when the president finally came face to face with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, for the first time.Before Air Force One left Washington, the […]

  • Joe Biden arrives in Middle East at time of rapid change
    by Bethan McKernan in Jerusalem on July 13, 2022

    Analysis: Israel has transformed itself from regional pariah to ally to many Arab statesJoe Biden has made clear that the Middle East is not a priority for his administration: Ukraine, China and the US midterm elections are all more pressing issues. Still, when Air Force One touches down in Tel Aviv for his first visit to the region as president on […]

  • US looking at new international body to record rights abuses in Yemen
    by Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington on July 12, 2022

    Rights activist say move is akin to asking Vladimir Putin to investigate Russian war crimes in UkraineThe Biden administration is exploring the creation of a new international committee to document and report on human rights violations in Yemen, months after a Saudi lobbying campaign quashed an independent United Nations investigation into possible war […]

  • Iran to supply Russians with UAVs for Ukraine: White House
    by AFP on July 11, 2022

    Iran is planning to supply hundreds of drones with combat weapon capabilities to Russia for use in Ukraine, a top... The post Iran to supply Russians with UAVs for Ukraine: White House appeared first on Iraqi News.

  • Saudi dissident killed in Lebanon
    by AFP on July 11, 2022

    A Saudi dissident living in Lebanon was killed in the Beirut suburbs and two of his brothers arrested in connection with the incident, Lebanese police... The post Saudi dissident killed in Lebanon appeared first on Iraqi News.

  • Famine: what is it, where will it strike and how should the world respond?
    by Lizzy Davies on July 6, 2022

    A toxic combination of climate emergency, conflict and Covid is pushing some of the poorest countries into an acute hunger crisisGlobal hunger toll soars by 150m as Covid and war make their markThe world is in the grip of an unprecedented hunger crisis. A toxic combination of climate crisis, conflict and Covid had already placed some of the poorest […]

  • The Guardian view on Biden’s risky gamble: betting on lowering oil prices | Editorial
    by Editorial on July 1, 2022

    The climate agenda risks being derailed by energy market disruptions caused by Russia’s war in UkraineJoe Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia this month highlights the paradox of American power. The US has the economic heft to punish an opponent – but not enough to alter the behaviour of a determined adversary. Sanctions will see Russia’s economy contract […]

  • 7 killed in car bomb in Yemen’s Aden
    by AFP on June 29, 2022

    At least seven people were killed Wednesday in a car bomb blast targeting the convoy of a security official in the southern Yemeni government-controlled city... The post 7 killed in car bomb in Yemen’s Aden appeared first on Iraqi News.

  • The Guardian view on imminent disaster in Yemen: it can be prevented | Editorial
    by Editorial on June 28, 2022

    A decaying oil tanker threatens a massive spill. The international community must seize the chance to stop itIt is both disgraceful and absurd that the United Nations should be forced to rattle a tin to prevent a major environmental and humanitarian catastrophe that, without intervention, is all but inevitable. The UN needs just $20m more – chump change, […]

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