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Yemen's Continuing Woe

The future of Yemen just gotten murkier with the killing earlier this morning of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a former ally of the Houthi rebels fighting the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. 

With Saleh's death, the future of millions of Yemeni children in need of humanitarian assistance, remains in a balance with 400,000 of them facing death from starvation. 

Up until recently, Saleh had been an ally of Houthi rebels. Last week a rift deepened between Saleh and the Houthi group as he made overtures to peace with the Saudi coalition fighting on the side of President Hadi in the worsening conflict. In fighting between Saleh forces and Houthi rebels escalated last Wednesday and more than 125 people have been killed since then and some 238 wounded in the conflict within the larger conflict that has killed close to 9,000 people.

Saleh was killed by Houthi rebels whose leader, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, described the death as foiling a "conspiracy" by a Saudi-led coalition backing the government, the BBC-News reported. Until recently, forces loyal to Saleh had fought alongside Houthi rebels against the Saudi-led coalition fighting to retain the government of President Hadi.

With the support of Saleh's forces, Houthi rebels have been able to retain Yemen's capital, Sanaa, throughout the conflict thus far.

Now, Saleh's forces could seek revenge for his killing thus prolonging and complicating the wretched conflict even longer. The Saudi coalition could also make larger advances on Sanaa in the wake of Saleh's death.

Whatever happens, Yemen, described as the worse place on Earth to be as a child, will continue to live up to that determination. Recent fighting and bombardments have kept aid workers under shelter, thus exacerbating the already  impoverished conditions of Yemeni children and deepening a humanitarian crisis that threatens too many children.