A U. N. special envoy says Yemen’s political parties are close to signing a deal that could prevent the country from sliding into civil conflict. The crisis erupted last year when the Shia Houthi militia seized power, prompting the president to resign. There are fears that a descent into civil war could draw in rival powers Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Dozens of Yemeni women protested outside the hotel hosting the talks in the capital, Sana'a, this week, calling for an end to the political crisis. Sana'a resident Ibithal al-Deli was among them.