US President Donald Trump’s decision to allow US forces to return to their bases in Yemen has triggered anger from Yemenis who say that the move violates the sovereignty of their country and could further undermine efforts to restore the country to peace.
Trump announced the policy change on Friday, two days after a US-led coalition resumed operations in the country after a six-month campaign against Houthi rebels.
It came as the UN Security Council passed a resolution on Friday to authorize a $1.8bn (£1.2bn) humanitarian aid package to Yemen, a move that will go into effect on Sunday.
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Houthis have been at war since March 2015.
The Houthis and their allies have also been fighting Saudi Arabia, which has been conducting a military campaign in Yemen since the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen in March 2015 to restore Hadi’s government to power.
On Thursday, Saudi-backed Yemeni forces backed by Saudi-allied militias launched a ground offensive to retake the capital, Sanaa.
Saudi Arabia and its allies say they are battling the Houthi-led rebels.
Hadi, a former military ruler, fled Yemen in 2015 after Houthi fighters seized the capital and took control of the northern port city of Aden.