With Saudi backing, an eight-man council replaces the president to help jumpstart negotiations with the Iran-allied Houthi rebels

An attack on Saudi Aramco oil facilities in 2019 has led to an escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran. While Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are pointing to evidence Iran was involved. Here’s what we know so far.

RIYADH—Yemen’s president handed over his powers to a leadership council on Thursday in a Saudi-backed move aimed at reviving negotiations with the Houthi rebels to end the country’s seven-year civil war.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi also dismissed his vice president before leaving his own position. Both men were seen as obstacles by the Iran-allied Houthis and some of Saudi Arabia’s coalition partners to United Nations-led efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict, which the international body says has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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