Civil War In Yemen In 1962
In 1962, a coup ousted the monarchy ruling North Yemen and spawned a devastating civil war between the newly established Yemen Arab Republic and royalist forces. The conflict, which drew Egypt in on the side of the republicans against the Saudi-backed royalists, lasted through the end of the decadeGery Gerard—Paris Match/Getty Images
Civil War In Yemen In 1962
An insurgency known as the “Aden Emergency” emerges after a grenade is thrown at a group of British military officers in a part of southern Yemen, which was still a British protectorate.
Yemen Aden British Troop Withdrawal
Ali Abdullah Saleh;Ali Salem Al Baidh
Fights Between North And South Yemen In Yemen On May 17, 1994.
Al-Qaeda-linked militants bomb the U.S.S. Cole in the port of Aden, killing 17 sailors. A government crackdown on al-Qaeda cells that year would fuel a war between the government and Sunni extremists that would intensify after Saleh’s ouster.
Protesters march during an anti-government demonstration in Radfan, a district in the southern Yemeni province of Lahej
Government forces fire on protesters, killing 52 and escalating violence.
A blast at the presidential compound badly burns President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh travels to Saudi Arabia for treatment, but ultimately returns to his post.
After agreeing to an internationally brokered deal to transfer power to his vice president, Saleh resigns and hands power to Abd-Rabbu Mansur al-Hadi.
The Houthis, an insurgency comprising members of the Shi’ite Zaidi minority, take control of Sana’a after years of clashes with government forces in the north.
Hadi submits his resignation as power-sharing negotiations with the Houthis crumble.
In 1962, a coup ousted the monarchy ruling North Yemen and spawned a devastating civil war between the newly established
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Yemen's Tumultuous History in 12 Pictures

Jan 22, 2015

Yemen’s embattled President Abdel-Rabbo Mansour Hadi resigned Thursday after failing to reach a power-sharing agreement with Shi'ite rebels who have held Sana'a, the capital, since September.

Hadi's departure leaves Yemen's fate in the balance. The poorest nation in the Arab world is fractured by tribal fighting, a separatist movement in the south, a robust Al-Qaeda presence, and the rising influence of the Shi'ite rebel group known as the Houthis.

But Yemen is no stranger to turmoil. In the images above, TIME looks at key moments in the country's past that provide a historical context for the unfolding unrest.

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