Yemeni soldiers loyal to the Saudi-backed government stand on guard at the port of Aden on December 12, 2018, during a ceremony handing over cranes from Saudi Arabia. / AFP / Saleh Al-OBEIDI
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Yemen's government nearly saw itself pushed into the sea by advancing rebels here three years ago. Now the port city of Aden shows the challenges that will likely still plague the nation following any potential peace agreement. Bursts of heavy machine gun fire still punctuate the nights in Aden, now the seat of the internationally recognized government, a city marked with war-shattered buildings and questions over what an end to Yemen's conflict might mean for a region where secessionist flags appear to fly everywhere.Yemen was torn by decades of warfare prior to this current conflict.The Houthis pushed government forces south and almost entirely out of Aden before Saudi and Emirati forces backed by other nations like the U.S. launched a war against them in March 2015 .More than 60,000 people have been killed in Yemen's war since 2016, according to the U.S.-based Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, or ACLED, which tracks the conflict.Yemen's currency, though making recent gains, has heavily depreciated in the war.However, more conflicts lurk just beneath the war.
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