The foreign minister of Yemen has sought the help of the Gulf Arab states to intervene in the growing fight between militants and rebels in the country. Houthi rebels have terrorized the country and pushed its power to the southern part of Yemen.

Last month the President of Yemen, Abdrabbuh Mansour was ousted by the Houthis. The ex president then fled to the southern part of the Aden and established his own political camp in the area. Last weekend, the Houthis are now closing in Aden as they seized the third largest city of Yemen, Taiz.

United Nations official has warned foreigners from setting feet in Yemeni soil as it is in the brink of a civil war. Mr Riad Yassin, Yemeni Foreign Minister said that he asked the six nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to intervene in the peril that his country faces. The minister did not specify and elaborate what the proposed interventions are.

The foreign minister also said in an interview that he asked the UN and the GCC to enforce a no fly zone in Yemen after the rebels struck the presidential palace in Arden using warplanes.

The rise of the Houthis in Yemen has alarmed and threatened the GCC especially the Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia. The Arabs accused Houthi to be the proxy of their nemesis in the region, the Shia-majority Iran.

The Houthis may be a minority group of Shia from northern Yemen but it has proved itself to be a highly organized and deadly group of militants since it gained control of Sanaa last year. The Houthis crippled the government of Yemen and had since controlled majority of the nation.

The President of Yemen is currently fighting the rebels from the southern stronghold. He is backed by military loyalists and by the Popular Resistance Committees militia.

The presence of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is another group that embattles the peace in the region. The AQAP is seen by the West as the most lethal branch of Al-Qaeda. The group fights against the Houthis and those loyal to President Hadi. Another militant group in Yemen that increasingly caused havoc in the area is the Yemeni affiliate of the Islamic state. This group of vigorous terrorist youngsters has followed into the footstep of Al-Qaeda and is even perceived to be more violent and deadly.

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