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North Yemen Civil War (1962–1970)

  1. David M. Witty

Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444338232.wbeow455

The Encyclopedia of War

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Witty, D. M. 2011. North Yemen Civil War (1962–1970). The Encyclopedia of War. .

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  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2011


The North Yemen Civil War began in 1962 following a coup against the state's royalist government and was fought between the supporters of the state's new republic and those who supported the old order. The war lasted until 1970 and involved the military intervention of Egypt on the side of the republic, and the material and diplomatic support of several countries, most notably Saudi Arabia, for its opponents. The conflict, often viewed as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, is noted for its brutality and the Egyptian army's inability to defeat insurgents.


  • twentieth century;
  • military history;
  • Western Asia