This report draws on field research in Taiz to uncover the local dynamics of the Yemen war that are often lost when it is portrayed as primarily a proxy war.
Taiz, Yemen’s third most populous city, is engulfed by war, having emerged in early 2015 as the center of what many observers describe as a proxy war between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis, an armed Zaidi Shia revivalist movement with ties to Iran. Yet this lens can easily misrepresent the war and complicate efforts to resolve the conflict.
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