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Continuing Conflicts That Create Refugees – December 2017

Deteriorated Situations in November: Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Cambodia, Honduras, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt.

Outlook for December 2017

Conflict Risk Alerts: Honduras, Yemen, Egypt

Resolution Opportunities: None

Yemen’s conflict escalated further, fuelling regional volatility and tensions. Following the launch by Huthi rebels of a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, Saudi forces increased airstrikes in Yemen and tightened their blockade. The missile strike came just after Saudi’s King Salman initiated mass arrests of senior figures on corruption charges. Egypt faced its worst terror attack and a hard-fisted response by security forces could lead to more bloodshed in December. In Africa, violence escalated in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions and Nigeria, while in Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s 37-year rule ended with a military coup. Sharply contested electoral results in Honduras triggered mass protests, while Cambodia’s opposition party was banned ahead of general elections next year. In a positive move, leaders from Moldova and its breakaway region Transdniestria made progress towards reaching a settlement.

Read more: International Crisis Watch,

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