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Saudi FM briefly summarizes to a reporter how the whole Yemen crisis began

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir explained and summarized in almost five minutes to a reporter on Thursday how the crisis in Yemen unfolded following a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Riyadh.

Jubeir said Gulf countries attempted to “minimize bloodshed” through an initiative following Yemenis’ protest against deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011, which later led to the now internationally recognized government of President Abedrabu Mansour Hadi.

However, Hadi was challenged by the Iran-backed Houthi militias, who attempted a coup against the government in 2014.

The Houthis are still in control of Sanaa since their takeover of the capital in September 2014, forcing Hadi’s government into exile.