Yemen on the brink of "civil war"

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The UN Security Council holds an emergency meeting on Yemen
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Yemen stands on the brink of "civil war" according to the senior United Nations official working on the Middle Eastern country.

Yemen has faced a political and security crisis that was sparked in 2011 during what is commonly known as the “Arab Spring”.

In the latest incident on Friday, two suicide bombers targeted mosques in the country’s capital, Sana’a, during Friday prayers, killing at least 126 people.

Daniel Dickinson reports

The situation in Yemen has been rapidly deteriorating since a new government was formed in November 2014.

It was hoped the latest administration would end a period of political and social turbulence and bring about a full transition towards democracy.

Instead, the country has continued to be plagued by violence and mass political demonstrations.

The United Nations has been working to bring about a peaceful political resolution.

Briefing an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Sunday, the United Nations Special Adviser Jamal Benomar said that Yemen was on a "rapid downward spiral" and close to civil war.

But he said efforts would continue to find a political solution.

"I'm working with all sides with the hope to resolve the current stand-off and to avert a civil war in order to put back on track the political transition.

The 15-member Security Council has issued a statement giving unanimous support to President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, who has sought refuge in the southern port city of Aden.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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