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Beyond the Arab Cold WarThe International History of the Yemen Civil War, 1962-68$
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Asher Orkaby

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190618445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618445.001.0001

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The Siege of Sana’a and the End of the Yemen Civil War

The Siege of Sana’a and the End of the Yemen Civil War

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Beyond the Arab Cold War

Asher Orkaby

Oxford University Press

As Egyptian troops withdrew from Yemen in November 1967, Imam al-Badr’s royalist armies descended upon Sana’a to overthrow the republic. The subsequent seventy-day siege served as a defining moment for Yemen. The heroic efforts of Hassan al-‘Amri and timely Soviet airlifts helped defend the capital city and create the revolutionary ethos that defined the Yemeni republic for the next six decades. The lifting of the siege in February 1968 was the first step toward a gradual Yemeni-led cessation of hostilities. In the aftermath of the siege, international attention dissipated as quickly as it had arrived six years earlier, having transformed Yemen from an isolated imamate into a modern nation-state.

Keywords:   Siege of Sana’a, Hassan al-‘Amri, Soviet Union, People’s Republic of South Yemen (PRSY), People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY), Bruce Condé, Tony Boyle, ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Iryani, Baruch Mizrahi

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