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Yemen, a country ravaged by civil war, regional conflict, and humanitarian crises, has been the subject of various conspiracy theories. Here are some of the most notable ones:

1. Saudi-led Coalition and Western Support

  • Theory: One prevalent conspiracy theory suggests that the Saudi-led coalition, with backing from Western powers like the United States and the United Kingdom, is pursuing a hidden agenda in Yemen. This theory alleges that the coalition’s stated goal of restoring the internationally recognized government is a pretext for securing control over Yemen’s strategic assets, including oil reserves and shipping routes.
  • Supporters: Critics of Saudi Arabia’s military intervention, anti-war activists, and conspiracy theorists.

2. Iranian Interference and Proxy Warfare

  • Theory: Another widely discussed conspiracy theory revolves around Iran’s alleged support for the Houthi rebels in Yemen. This theory suggests that Iran seeks to destabilize its regional rival, Saudi Arabia, by arming and funding the Houthis to prolong the conflict and maintain pressure on the Saudi-led coalition. Some also claim that Iran aims to expand its influence in the Arabian Peninsula through its support for the Houthis.
  • Supporters: Gulf states, supporters of the Saudi-led coalition, and conspiracy theorists.

3. Humanitarian Aid Manipulation

  • Theory: Amid Yemen’s dire humanitarian situation, there are conspiracy theories suggesting that international aid organizations and NGOs are complicit in prolonging the crisis for their own benefit. Some allege that aid is deliberately diverted or mismanaged, leading to shortages and suffering among Yemeni civilians, while others claim that aid agencies collaborate with warring parties to maintain access and influence.
  • Supporters: Skeptics of humanitarian interventions, critics of aid organizations, and conspiracy theorists.

4. Control of Bab-el-Mandeb Strait

  • Theory: Yemen’s strategic location at the southern entrance to the Red Sea, particularly the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, has led to conspiracy theories about attempts to control this vital maritime chokepoint. Some allege that regional and global powers are vying for control over the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait to influence international trade, energy shipments, and military movements in the region.
  • Supporters: Maritime analysts, geopolitical strategists, and conspiracy theorists.

5. Resource Exploitation and Economic Interests

  • Theory: Yemen’s rich natural resources, including oil, gas, and minerals, have fueled conspiracy theories about foreign exploitation and economic interests in the country. Some allege that multinational corporations, backed by foreign governments, seek to exploit Yemen’s resources amid the chaos of war, while others claim that Yemen’s economic potential is deliberately suppressed to maintain dependency on external actors.
  • Supporters: Economic analysts, critics of resource extraction industries, and conspiracy theorists.

6. Geopolitical Rivalries and Great Power Competition

  • Theory: Yemen’s civil war and regional conflict are often viewed through the lens of broader geopolitical rivalries and great power competition. Some conspiracy theories suggest that Yemen has become a battleground for competing interests among global powers, including the United States, Russia, China, and European countries, each seeking to advance its own strategic objectives in the region.
  • Supporters: Geopolitical analysts, international relations scholars, and conspiracy theorists.


Yemen’s multifaceted crisis has given rise to various conspiracy theories, reflecting concerns about foreign interference, resource exploitation, and geopolitical rivalries. While some of these theories may contain elements of truth or raise valid questions, others are based on speculation or political bias. As with any conspiracy theory, it is essential to critically evaluate the evidence and consider multiple perspectives before drawing conclusions about Yemen’s affairs.

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