Bodies covered in plastic amid the rubble of a detention centre destroyed by Saudi-led air raids that killed at least 60 people, according to officials, on September 1, 2019 [AP Photo/Hani Mohammed]

The civil war in Yemen, which has persisted for five years today, has produced a humanitarian crisis of the highest magnitude.

It has its roots in the Houthi takeover of Sanaa in 2014, which forced the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Beginning in March 2015, a coalition of Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia staged a military campaign against the Houthis with the goal of restoring Hadi’s government.

Since then, the US and the United Kingdom have sold arms and provided technical and logistical assistance to Saudi Arabia and the United

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