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Riyadh struggles as STC asserts independence

A month into the unilateral ceasefire called by Saudi Arabia, there are still no signs of renewed peace talks. Meanwhile, challenges are mounting throughout the south as fighting continues along a number of fronts against the Houthis. The late April declaration of self-administration by the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) has shown again how little control Riyadh has over events on its southern border.President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government has lost significant territory since March, as Houthis now control western Al-Jawf and Mareb provinces.

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