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The Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen is an intervention launched by Saudi Arabia on 26 March 2015, leading a coalition of nine countries from West Asia and North Africa, responding to calls from the president of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi for military support after he was ousted by the Houthi movement, despite the progress in the political transition led by the United Nations at that time. The conflict ignited between the government forces, the Houthi rebels and other armed groups after the draft constitution and power-sharing arrangements collapsed leading to an escalation of violence in mid-2014. The Houthis and allied units of the armed forces seized control of Sana’a and other parts of the country in September 2014 and in the following months. This prompted president Saleh to ask Saudi Arabia to intervene against the Iranian backed Houthis.

Saudi Arabian–led intervention in Yemen
Part of the Yemeni Civil War and the Iran–Saudi Arabia proxy conflict

An airstrike in Sanaʽa on 11 May 2015
Military situation in Yemen on 8 April 2021
Controlled by the Revolutionary Committee
Controlled by the Hadi-led government and allies
Controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
Controlled by local, non-aligned forces
(See also a detailed map)
Date26 March 2015 – ongoing
(6 years, 7 months, 1 week and 4 days)
  • Operation Decisive Storm
    26 March – 21 April 2015
    (3 weeks and 6 days)
  • Operation Restoring Hope
    22 April 2015 – present
    (6 years, 6 months, 2 weeks and 1 day)
Location
Status Ongoing
Belligerents

Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Sudan
(2015–19)
Bahrain
Kuwait
Qatar
(2015–17)
Egypt
Jordan
Morocco
(2015–19)
Senegal (soldiers not yet deployed in 2016)
Academi contractors
(2015–16)
Saudi-paid Yemeni mercenaries
Supported by:
United States

United Kingdom (training, intelligence, logistical support, weapons, and blockade up to 2017)
Al-Qaeda (denied by United States)


In support of:
Cabinet of Yemen

Non-state co-belligerents:

Revolutionary Committee/Supreme Political Council

Commanders and leaders

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Mohammed bin Salman
Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Until Aug. 2020)
Mutlaq bin Salem bin Mutlaq Al-Azima
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
(2015–17)
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan
(2015–19)
Abdullah II
Mohamed VI
(2015–19)
Macky Sall


Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi
Mohammed al-Maqdashi
Gen. Ali al-Ahmar
Gen. Abd Rabbo Hussein
Gen. Ahmad Al-Yafei

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi
Mahdi al-Mashat (from 2018)
Saleh Ali al-Sammad
Hussein Khairan (until 2016)
Mohamed al-Atifi (from 2016)

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi
Strength

100 warplanes and 150,000 troops
30 warplanes
4 warplanes[citation needed] and 15,000 troops
15 warplanes 300 troops
15 warplanes
10 warplanes, 1,000 troops (until 2017)
4 warships and warplanes
6 warplanes
6 warplanes, 1,500 troops
2,100 troops (soldiers not yet deployed in 2016)

Academi: 1,800 security contractors

150,000–200,000 fighters
200,000–250,000

Casualties and losses

1,000–3,000 soldiers killed by 2016;
10 captured
108–130 soldiers killed
1,000–4,000 soldiers killed
9 soldiers killed
1 F-16 crashed
4 soldiers killed
10 soldiers killed
1 F-16 shot down
1 F-16 lost
Academi: 71 mercenaries killed

Unknown

Thousands killed (Aljazeera; as of May 2018)

11,000+ killed (Arab Coalition claim; as of Dec. 2017)

12,907 Yemeni civilians killed (1,980 women and 2,768 children; per the LCRD)
8,672 civilians killed and 9,741 injured by coalition's airstrikes (per Yemen Data Project)
500+ Saudi civilians killed on the Saudi-Yemen border (August 2016)
91,600+ killed overall in the Yemeni Civil War

Code-named Operation Decisive Storm (Arabic:عملية عاصفة الحزمAmaliyyat 'Āṣifat al-Ḥazm), the intervention initially consisted of a bombing campaign on Houthi rebels and later a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces into Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition has attacked the positions of the Houthi militia, and loyalists of the former President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, supported by Iran (see Iran–Saudi Arabia proxy conflict), Fighter jets and ground forces from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Academi (formerly called Blackwater) took part in the operation. Djibouti, Eritrea, and Somalia made their airspace, territorial waters, and military bases available to the coalition.

The United States provided intelligence and logistical support, including aerial refueling and search-and-rescue for downed coalition pilots. It also accelerated the sale of weapons to coalition states and continued strikes against AQAP. In January 2016, the Saudi foreign minister said that US and British military officials were in the command and control centre responsible for Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen, having access to lists of targets but were not involved in choosing targets.

The war received widespread criticism and had a dramatic worsening effect on Yemen's humanitarian situation, that reached the level of a "humanitarian disaster" or "humanitarian catastrophe". The question of whether or not the intervention is in compliance with Article 2(4) of the UN Charter has been the matter of academic dispute.

The conflict's status was described a "military stalemate" in 2019. The global COVID-19 pandemic is said to have given Saudi Arabia an opportunity to review its interests in Yemen. In early 2020, it was said that Saudi Arabia was searching for an exit strategy, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and military defeats.

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Saudi-backed Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, running unopposed as the only candidate for president, won the 2012 Yemeni elections. Since August 2014, the Houthis (or Ansar Allah), a Zaidi Shia movement and militant group backed by Iran, dissatisfied with Hadi government's decisions and the new constitution, arranged mass protests which culminated into their takeover of the Yemeni government in 2015, declaring victory of the revolution and drafting a new constitution when the term of Hadi's provisional government had already expired. Saudi Arabia and other countries denounced this as an unconstitutional coup d'état. The Houthis were supported by sections of the Yemeni armed forces loyal to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was removed from power as part of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and ironically assassinated later on by his Houthi allies.

By September 2014, Houthi fighters captured Sanaʽa, toppling Hadi's government. Soon after, a peace deal (known as the 'Peace and Partnership Agreement') was sealed between the Hadi government and the Houthis, but was not honored by either party. The deal was drafted with the intent of defining a power-sharing government. A conflict over a draft constitution resulted in the Houthis consolidating control over the Yemeni capital in January 2015. After resigning from his post alongside his prime minister and remaining under virtual house arrest for one month, Hadi fled to Aden in southern Yemen in February. Upon arriving in Aden, Hadi withdrew his resignation, saying that the actions of the Houthis from September 2014 had amounted to a "coup" against him. By 25 March, forces answering to Sanaʽa were rapidly closing in on Aden, which Hadi had declared to be Yemen's temporary capital.

During the Houthis' southern offensive, Saudi Arabia began a military buildup on its border with Yemen. In response, a Houthi commander boasted that his troops would counterattack against any Saudi aggression and would not stop until they had taken Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

On 25 March, Hadi called on the UN Security Council to authorise "willing countries that wish to help Yemen to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression".

Yemen's foreign minister, Riad Yassin, requested military assistance from the Arab League on 25 March, amid reports that Hadi had fled his provisional capital. On 26 March, Saudi state TV station Al-Ekhbariya TV reported that Hadi arrived at a Riyadh airbase and was met by Saudi Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud. His route from Aden to Riyadh was not immediately known.

At a summit of the Arab League held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on 28–29 March, President Hadi again repeated his calls for international intervention in the fighting. A number of League members pledged their support to Hadi's government during that meeting.

According to the Saudi news outlet Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia contributed 100 warplanes and 150,000 soldiers to the military operation. Reuters indicated that planes from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain were taking part. Egypt had previously sent four warships supporting the Saudi naval blockade.

The UAE contributed 30 fighter jets, Kuwait sent 15 (understood to be three squadrons of F/A-18 Hornet aircraft), Bahrain sent 15, Qatar 10, Jordan and Morocco six each and Sudan four.

The operation was declared over on 21 April 2015.

Air campaign

March 2015

In March 2015, in a joint statement, the member-states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (with the exception of Oman) said they had decided to intervene against the Houthis at the request of Hadi's government.

The coalition declared Yemeni airspace to be a restricted area, with King Salman declaring the RSAF to be in full control of the zone. Saudi Arabia began airstrikes, reportedly relying on US intelligence reports and surveillance images to select and hit targets, including weapons, aircraft on the ground and air defences. Al Jazeera reported that Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a Houthi commander appointed in February as president of the Revolutionary Committee, was injured and three other Houthi commanders were killed by airstrikes in Sanaʽa.

Strikes on 26 March also hit Al Anad Air Base, a former US special operations forces facility in Lahij Governorate seized by Houthis earlier in the week. The targets reportedly included the Houthi-controlled missile base in Sanaʽa and its fuel depot. Strikes overnight also targeted Houthis in Taiz and Sa'dah. Thousands demonstrated in Sanaʽa against the intervention, which ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh also condemned. In Taiz thousands came out supporting Hadi and Saudi Arabia.

The scope of strikes expanded further on 27 March, with a radar installation in the Marib Governorate and an airbase in the Abyan Governorate coming under air attack. The commander of the operation dismissed reports of civilian casualties, saying airstrikes were being carried out with precision. Additional strikes early on the next day hit targets in Al Hudaydah, Sa'dah and the Sanaʽa area, as well as Ali Abdullah Saleh's main base. Rumours indicated Saleh fled to Sanhan, on the outskirts of the Houthi-controlled capital. An Aden government official said Saudi strikes destroyed a long-range missile facility controlled by the Houthis.

The Houthis claimed to have shot down a Sudanese Air Force plane over northern Sanaʽa and captured its pilot on 28 March. The Sudanese government denied that any of its four warplanes had come under fire or been shot down. On the previous day, the Houthis claimed to have shot down a "hostile" Saudi drone in Sanaʽa.

Airstrikes hit an arms depot, military airbase and special forces headquarters in Sanaʽa early on 29 March. A weapons depot outside Sanaʽa was destroyed, causing damage to an airport and planes on the ground. Sa'dah and Al Hudaydah were targeted as well. Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri, the coalition's spokesman, said Saudi artillery and Apache attack helicopters were mobilised to "deter" Houthi fighters massing on the border with Saudi Arabia.

On 30 March, at least 40 people including children were killed and 200 were injured by an airstrike that hit Al-Mazraq refugee camp near a military installation in northern district of Haradh, international organizations said. Airstrikes also hit areas near the presidential palace in Sanaʽa, as well as Aden International Airport.

Food storage of Yemen Economic Corporation in Hodeidah was destroyed by three coalition strikes on 31 March. Airstrikes were not limited to the Yemeni mainland. Missiles struck homes on the island of Perim, according to residents who fled by boat to Djibouti.

April 2015

Destruction in Sana'a after air strike on 20 April 2015
Destruction in the residential neighborhoods near mountain Attan
Destroyed shopping center

Dozens of casualties came from an explosion in a dairy and oil factory in Al Hudaydah, which was variously blamed on an airstrike or a rocket from a nearby military base on 1 April. Medical sources reported 25 deaths, while the Yemen Army said 37 were killed and 80 wounded. Airstrikes also hit targets in Sa'dah on 1 April.

Despite persistent airstrikes, Houthi and allied units continued to advance on central Aden, backed by tanks and heavy artillery. Houthis seized the presidential palace on 2 April, but reportedly withdrew after overnight air raids early the next day. Coalition planes also airdropped weapons and medical aid to pro-Hadi fighters in Aden.

The International Committee of the Red Cross announced on 5 April that it had received permission from the coalition to fly medical supplies and aid workers into Sanaʽa and was awaiting permission to send a surgical team by boat to Aden. The coalition said it had set up a special body to coordinate aid deliveries to Yemen.

On 6 April, airstrikes began before sunset and struck targets in western Sanaʽa, Sa'dah and the Ad Dali' Governorate, a supply route for Houthis in the Battle of Aden.

Airstrikes on 7 April hit a Republican Guard base in the Ibb Governorate, injuring 25 troops. Yemeni sources claimed three children at a nearby school were killed by the attack, while six were injured.

The Parliament of Pakistan voted against military action on 10 April, despite a request from Saudi Arabia that it join the coalition.

Airstrikes launched on 12 April, against the base of the 22nd Brigade of the Yemeni Republican Guard in the Taiz Governorate struck both the brigade and a nearby village inhabited by members of the Al-Akhdam minority community, killing eight civilians and injuring more than ten others. On 17 April, both the GCC coalition's spokesman called by Saudi broadcaster Al-Ehkbariya TV and a commander of the pro-Hadi rebels on the ground said airstrikes had intensified, focusing on both Sanaʽa and Taiz. One strike on the Republican Palace in Taiz killed 19 pro-Houthi gunmen.

Ethnoreligious groups in 2002. Zaydi Shi'a followers make up between 35% and 42.1% of Muslims in Yemen.

Naval role

Egypt and Saudi Arabia committed warships to support coalition operations. Somalia offered its airspace and territorial waters. Four Egyptian Navy vessels steamed toward the Gulf of Aden after operations began. Riyadh requested access to Somali airspace and waters to carry out operations. On 27 March, the Egyptian military said a squadron of Egyptian and Saudi warships took up positions at the Bab al-Mandab strait. The Saudi military threatened to destroy any ship attempting to make port.

The Royal Saudi Navy evacuated diplomats and United Nations staff from Aden to Jeddah on 28 March.

Witnesses told Reuters that Egyptian warships bombarded Houthi positions as they attempted to advance on Aden on 30 March. Warships again fired on Houthi positions at Aden International Airport on or about 1 April.

Djibouti foreign minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf said the Houthis placed heavy weapons and fast attack boats on Perim and a smaller island in the Bab al-Mandab strait. He warned that "the prospect of a war in the strait of Bab al-Mandab is a real one" and said the weapons posed "a big danger" to his country, commercial shipping traffic, and military vessels. He called on the coalition to clear the islands, which he said included missiles and long-range cannons.

On 4 April, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called protecting Red Sea shipping and securing the Bab al-Mandab "a top priority for Egypt's national security".

On 15 April, coalition spokesman Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Al-Asiri, said that its warships were focusing on protecting shipping routes and screening ships heading to port for shipments intended for the Houthis.

The US Navy provided support to the naval blockade, halting and searching vessels suspected of carrying Iranian arms to the Houthis. On 21 April, the United States announced it was deploying warships to Yemeni waters to monitor Iranian ships. The US in particular noted a convoy of Iranian vessels, which US authorities said could potentially be carrying weapons to Houthi fighters in contravention of UN sanctions. The US reported that the Iranian convoy reversed course on 23 April.

Ground clashes

Sudan said it was stationing ground troops in Saudi Arabia. The Special Forces of the Bahrain Defence Force, Taskforce 11, were also deployed to Yemen.

Between 31 March and April, Saudi and Houthi forces reportedly traded artillery and rocket fire across the border between SA and Yemen. A Saudi border guard was killed on 2 April, the campaign's first confirmed coalition casualty. Followed by another two soldiers killed the next day. An Egyptian truck driver was killed by Houthi shelling.

SA reportedly began removing sections of the Saudi–Yemen barrier fence along its border with the Sa'dah and Hajjah governorates on 3 April. The purpose of the removal was not immediately clear.

On 12 April, members of the Takhya tribe launched an attack on a Saudi base after several of its members died in an airstrike. Weapons and ammunition were taken.

On 19 April, as Houthi leader Abdul-Malek El-Houthi accused SA of planning to invade Yemen, Asiri claimed that coalition forces had information regarding a planned Houthi incursion into SA. A Saudi border guard died on 19 April and two others were injured from gunfire and mortar shelling across the border.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in September 2015

On 21 April, the Saudi Defence Ministry declared it was ending the campaign of airstrikes because it had "successfully eliminated the threat" to its security posed by Houthi ballistic and heavy weaponry. It announced the start of a new phase codenamed Operation Restoring Hope. In a televised address, Hadi said the end of airstrikes had come at his request and thanked the Arab coalition for their support.

Earlier that day King Salman ordered the Saudi National Guard to join the military operation. Air and naval strikes continued despite the announcement that Decisive Storm had ended.

Both the Omani and Iranian governments said they welcomed the end of airstrikes. On 22 April, Oman presented a seven-point peace deal to both parties. The proposed peace treaty entailed the reinstatement of Hadi's government and the evacuation of Houthi fighters from major cities.

On 8 May, Saudi Arabia announced a five-day ceasefire set to start on 12 May, following heavy pressure from the US. Later in the day, Saudi airplanes dropped leaflets in the Saada Governorate warning of airstrikes throughout the area. Houthi spokesman Mohamed al-Bukhaiti later told the BBC that the ceasefire had not been formally proposed and the Houthis would not respond until a plan was properly laid out. A spokesman for the Houthi-aligned military announced agreement to the ceasefire plan on 10 May, although he warned that a breach of the truce would prompt a military response.

On 13 May, humanitarian agencies said they were trying to get aid into Yemen after a five-day ceasefire took effect on Tuesday night. Ships carrying humanitarian supplies docked at the Houthi-controlled Red Sea port of Hudaydah as planes were standing by to help evacuate the injured. Meanwhile, King Salman doubled his country's Yemen aid pledge to $540 million, funds the UN said would "meet the life-saving and protection needs of 7.5 million people affected".

Airstrikes

At the operation's announcement, coalition leadership stressed that their campaign would attempt a political solution and that they would continue the air and naval blockade. Airstrikes resumed almost immediately following the coalition's announcement of the end of Operation Decisive Storm.

On 22 April airstrikes continued in Taiz, where an army base was hit shortly after Houthi fighters took it over, and Aden, where an airstrike targeted Houthi tanks moving into a contested district, among other locations, such as Al Hudaydah and Ibb. The Houthis continued to fight for territory, with a Houthi spokesman saying the group would be prepared for peace talks on the condition of "a complete halt of attacks". The previous round of UN-sponsored talks collapsed after Houthi rebels attacked Hadi's residence in Sanaʽa.

By 26 April, coalition forces were striking what they described as Houthi military targets in Sanaʽa and Aden and in other locations, notably in Sa'ada province near the Saudi border, nearly every night. On 26 April, after midnight, airstrikes struck Houthi and pro-Saleh positions and targets in and around Sanaʽa, Aden, and the Marib and Ad Dali' governorates, backing up anti-Houthi fighters in the latter three locations, with more than 90 rebels reportedly killed. Coalition warships shelled fighters near Aden's commercial port. Saudi warplanes also targeted Houthis in the Sa'dah Governorate, while Saudi artillery fired on targets in the Hajjah Governorate along the border. The Saudi National Guard was deployed on the border.

On 28 April, Sanaʽa International Airport was bombed by Saudi F-15 fighters to prevent an Iranian plane belonging to Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) from landing, while it was approaching to land. The fighters had warned the plane to turn back, in an unsuccessful attempt to thwart its landing, but the Iranian pilot ignored the "illegal warnings", saying that, on the basis of international law, his plane did not need further permission to land.

On the night of 6 May 2015, the Saudi-led coalition carried out 130 airstrikes in Yemen in a 24-hour period. At first, coalition spokesperson Ahmed Asiri admitted that schools and hospitals were targeted but claimed that these were used as weapon storage sites. Asiri later claimed that his words had been mistranslated. The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Johannes Van Der Klaauw said that these bombings constituted a war crime. "The indiscriminate bombing of populated areas, with or without prior warning, is a contravention international humanitarian law," he said. He continued to say that he was particularly concerned about airstrikes on Saada "where scores of civilians were reportedly killed and thousands were forced to flee their homes after the coalition declared the entire governate a military target".

Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir announced a five-day ceasefire in Yemen, 8 May 2015

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Saudi chargé d'affaires, and the Iranian Parliament and the Iranian Red Crescent Society blasted Saudi Arabia for blocking Iranian humanitarian aid.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) "strongly urged" the coalition to stop targeting airports and seaports so that aid could reach all Yemenis.

ICRC and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, said that they were extremely concerned about damage to the airports at Sanaa and to the port city of Hodeidah.

Overnight on 29 and 30 April, SA was reported to have airdropped arms to anti-Houthi fighters in Taiz.

On 30 April airstrikes hit five provinces. New airstrikes hit SIA, completely halting aid deliveries.

An airstrike in Sanaʽa,
11 May 2015

On 6 May coalition airstrikes targeted the Police Training Center in the Dhamar Governorate, damaging nearby houses meanwhile the civil aviation authority announced it would re-open the airport to receive aid.

Coalition airstrikes targeted the houses of Saleh in Sanaʽa in the early hours of 10 May, eyewitnesses said. Khabar, a Yemeni news agency allied with Saleh said that the former president and his family were unharmed.

The Moroccan government said on 10 May that one of its General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft taking part in the air campaign went missing in action over Yemen, along with its pilot. The Houthis claimed responsibility, with Yemeni state TV broadcasting a report on the jet being downed by tribal militias over the Sa'dah Governorate and showing images of the wreckage.

On 18 May Saudi-led airstrikes reportedly resumed on Houthi positions after a humanitarian ceasefire expired late on Sunday. Three coalition airstrikes hit Sa'ada on Monday. Yemen's exiled Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin blamed the rebel group for the renewal of hostilities. Al-Arabiya said Saudi forces shelled Houthi outposts along Yemen's northern border after the fighters fired mortars at a Saudi army post in Najran province.

On 23 May OCHA reported that airstrikes continued in the northern governorates of Sa'ada (Baqim, Haydan, Saqayn and As Safra) and Hajjah (Abs, Hayran, Haradh, Huth, Kuhlan Affar and Sahar districts). The road connecting Haradh and Huth districts was reportedly hit. Airstrikes were also reported in Al Jawf Governorate (Bart Al Anan district).

On 27 May airstrikes hit a police station in the capital, Sanaʽa, killing 45 officers. The Houthi-controlled Ministry of Health announced that in total, 96 people were killed.

On 3 June the residence of a Houthi leader in Ibb province was hit by an airstrike, according to eyewitnesses.

Destruction in the south of Sana'a (12 June 2015)
Destroyed house
Destroyed car

On 12 June Saudi jets bombed the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sanaʽa Old City, killing at least six people and destroying some of the ancient buildings. UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said in a statement that she is "profoundly distressed by the loss of human lives as well as by damage inflicted on one of the world's oldest jewels of Islamic urban landscape". Locals also condemned the action.

On 23 September 2015, the Saudi-led coalition destroyed a ceramics factory in the town of Matnah. One civilian was killed and others were wounded. According to the BBC, the bomb is believed to have been produced in the United Kingdom by GEC-Marconi Dynamics. The factory's owner Ghalib al-Sawary told the BBC: "We built it over 20 years but to destroy it took only twenty minutes." Campaigners say this attack was a violation of the laws of war.

On 26 October 2015 Médecins Sans Frontières reported that a coalition airstrike had completely destroyed a hospital they ran in Saada province's Haydan governorate, including the operating room. When the first strike hit an unused part of the hospital the facility was completely evacuated, so there were no direct casualties. A spokesman for the coalition forces, Brig-Gen Ahmed al-Asiri, denied responsibility for the attack. "With the hospital destroyed, at least 200,000 people now have no access to lifesaving medical care," MSF said. "This attack is another illustration of a complete disregard for civilians in Yemen, where bombings have become a daily routine," said Hassan Boucenine, MSF head of mission in Yemen. The GPS coordinates of the only hospital in the Haydan district were regularly shared with the Saudi-led coalition, and the roof of the facility was clearly identified with the MSF logo, he said. UNICEF said the hospital in Saada was the 39th health center hit in Yemen since March, when the violence escalated. "More children in Yemen may well die from a lack of medicines and healthcare than from bullets and bombs," its executive director Anthony Lake said in a statement. He added that critical shortages of fuel, medication, electricity and water could mean many more will close. Amnesty International said the strike may amount to a war crime and called for an independent investigation.

In February 2016, the Saudis bombed the ancient citadel of Kawkaban, killing seven civilians.

On 8 October 2016, Saudi-led airstrikes targeted a hall in Sanaʽa where a funeral was taking place. At least 140 people were killed and about 600 were wounded. According to The Independent, one rescuer said: "The place has been turned into a lake of blood." After initially denying it was behind the attack, the Coalition's Joint Incidents Assessment Team admitted that it had bombed the hall but claimed that this attack had been a mistake caused by bad information. After this attack, US national security spokesperson said that the US government was "deeply disturbed" by the bombing and added that US support for the Saudi-led coalition was "not a blank cheque". He added "we have initiated an immediate review of our already significantly reduced support to the Saudi-led Coalition." The United Nations humanitarian co-ordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said he was "shocked and outraged" by the "horrific" bombing. "This violence against civilians in Yemen must stop," he said.

On the night of 15 February 2017, the Saudi-led coalition bombed a funeral reception near Sanaa. Initial reports suggest the bombing killed nine women and one child with ten more women reported wounded. "People heard the sound of planes and started running from the house but then the bombs hit the house directly. The roof collapsed and there was blood was everywhere," a resident of the village told a Reuters news agency cameraman.

An explosion in a warehouse on Sunday 7 April 2019, in Sanaa, have killed at least 11 civilians, including school children and left more than 39 people wounded. The Associated Press news agency said 13 killed, including 7 children and more than 100 were wounded. According to Al Jazeera and Houthi officials, the civilians were killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike. The Saudi-led coalition denied any airstrikes took place that day on Sanaa. The state-run news agency in Aden, aligned with the internationally recognized government, said the rebels had stored weapons at the warehouse. According to The Washington Post, "some families and residents of the district of Sawan said the explosion occurred after a fire erupted inside the warehouse. They said a fire sent columns of white smoke rising into the air, followed by the explosion." Their accounts were confirmed by several videos filmed by bystanders.

Aircraft losses

Cross-border fighting

Ground combat

On 3 April, CNN cited an unnamed Saudi source who claimed that Saudi special forces were on the ground in and around Aden, "coordinating and guiding" the resistance. The Saudi government officially declined to comment on whether it had special forces, with Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir saying on 2 April that Saudi Arabia had no "formal" troops in Aden.

The Battle of Aden came to an end with pro-Hadi forces again seized control of Aden port and moving into the city's commercial center. On 22 July, pro-Hadi forces had retaken full control of Aden, and the Aden Airport was reopened. In late July, an offensive launched by pro-Hadi forces drove Houthi forces out of the towns neighboring Aden.

On 4 September a Houthi OTR-21 Tochka missile hit an ammunition dump at a military base in Safer in Ma'rib Governorate killing 52 UAE, 10 Saudi and 5 Bahraini soldiers. The Safer base was being built up by coalition forces for a push against Sanaa. "It was the deadliest single attack on coalition soldiers since the start of its operation against Houthi rebels in March" Asseri said. The attacked was the highest casualty loss in the history of the UAE military. Qatar deployed 1000 troops to Yemen after the incident.

By 8 September it was reported that the Saudi-led forces deployed in Yemen exceeded 10,000 troops and included 30 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters.

On 14 December media reported a Houthi & Saleh Forces missile attack at a Saudi military camp south-west of the besieged city of Taiz, while sources confirmed the killings of over 150 coalition soldiers including 23 Saudi troops, 9 UAE officers and soldiers, 7 Moroccan soldiers and 42 Blackwater troops.

On 19 December 2015, reported clashes leaves over 40 Houthi rebels and 35 government loyalists dead, with dozens wounded on both sides.

In June 2018, anti-Houthi forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates assaulted the port of Hudaydah, in an effort to dislodge Houthi forces.

Naval involvement

Main article: Blockade of Yemen
Estimated fuel needs in Yemen and monthly fuel imports

Saudi Arabia faced growing criticism for the Saudi-led naval and air blockade, which effectively isolated the country.

A "military source and pro-Hadi militiamen" told the AFP on 26 April that coalition warships were participating in the shelling of Aden.

On 30 April, the Iranian navy announced it had deployed two destroyers to the Gulf of Aden to "ensure the safety of commercial ships of our country against the threat of pirates", according to a rear admiral. According to the same source, the deployment was scheduled to last until mid-June. Iran's deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, told state-run Tasnim News Agency that "others will not be allowed to put our shared security at risk with military adventures".

Scale and participation of Saudi-led coalition members

Pakistan was called on by Saudi Arabia to join the coalition, but its parliament voted to maintain neutrality. In February 2016, Academi, the security firm withdraw from front-line duties in the Yemen campaign. Qatar was suspended from the coalition due to the 2017 Qatar diplomatic crisis. Morocco ended their participation in 2019 due to deterioration of Morocco–Saudi Arabia relations followed by United Arab Emirates in July 2019 amid possible tensions with Iran on the Persian Gulf and differences with Saudi Arabia. Sudan announced its decision to reduce troops commitment from 15,000 to 5,000 in early December 2019.

Airstrikes in Yemen apparently violating the laws of war (selection)
HRW investigation of 10 Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, that took place between 11 April and 30 August 2015. HRW found either no evident military target or the attack failed to distinguish civilians from military objectives, in apparent violation of the laws of war.
date (in 2015) location / governorate objectives or targets struck civilians killed (at least) civilians
injured
men women children total
11 April Amran / Amran buildings in the town 1 2 1 4 1
12 May Abs / Hajjah Abs/Kholan Prison and other buildings in the town 21 1 3 25 18
12 May Zabid / Al Hudaydah Shagia market and lemon grove in the town 39 13 8 60 155
4 July Muthalith Ahim / Al Hudaydah marketplace in the village ? ? 3 65 105
6 July Amran 1. Bawn market between Amran und Raydah;
2. Jawb market outside the town
13 1 15 29 20
12 July Sanaʽa-Sawan / Sanaʽa muhamashee residential neighborhood 2 7 14 23 31 people
19 July Yarim / Ibb residential homes and buildings in the town 4 3 9 16 16
24 July Mokha / Taiz residential compound of Mokha Steam Power Plant 42 13 10 65 55
8 August Shara'a / Ibb homes in the village (Radhma district) 2 3 3 8 2
30 August Abs / Hajjah Al-Sham Water Bottling Factory in the outskirts of the town 11 3 14 11
civilian airstrike casualties for all 10 airstrikes, investigated by HRW (report of 26 November 2015) 309 414

The Saudi-led campaign has received widespread criticism and had a dramatic worsening effect on the humanitarian situation in Yemen, that reached the level of a "humanitarian disaster" or "humanitarian catastrophe". The war has contributed to the famine in Yemen which has threatened over 17 million people, according to the UN, as well as an outbreak of cholera which has infected hundreds of thousands.

After the Saudi-led coalition declared the entire Saada Governorate a military target in May 2015, the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen and Human Rights Watch expressed concern that the bombing there was unnecessarily harming civilians. On 1 July 2015, the UN declared for Yemen a "level-three" emergency—the highest UN emergency level—for a period of six months. Human rights groups repeatedly blamed the Saudi-led military coalition for killing civilians and destroying health centres and other infrastructure with airstrikes.

In June 2015, aid agencies said he de facto blockade of Yemen, had dramatically worsened the humanitarian situation in Yemen where 78% (20 million) of the population are in urgent need of food, water and medical aid. Aid ships are allowed, but the bulk of commercial shipping, on which the country relies, is blocked. In one incident, coalition jets prevented an Iranian Red Crescent plane from landing by bombing Sanaʽa International Airport's runway, which blocked aid delivery by air.

As of 10 December 2015, more than 2.5 million people had been internally displaced by the fighting. More than 23,000 foreign citizens in Yemen have been evacuated. More than 1 million people fled Yemen for Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Oman.

On 13 April 2015, Human Rights Warch (HRW) wrote that some airstrikes were in apparent violation of the laws of war, such as 30 March attack on a displaced-persons camp in Mazraq that struck a medical facility and a market. Other incidents noted by HRW that had been deemed as indiscriminate or disproportionate or "in violation of the laws of war" were: a strike on a dairy factory outside the Red Sea port of Hodaida (31 civilian deaths); a strike that destroyed a humanitarian aid warehouse of the international aid organization Oxfam in Saada; and the coalition's blockade that kept out fuel. On 30 June 2015, HRW reported that several airstrikes were in clear violation of international law. The report confirmed 59 (including 14 women and 35 children) civilian deaths in Saada between 6 April and 11 May. The report also stated that attacks on 6 civilian homes as well as five markets that were deliberate attacks.

In February 2016, Amnesty International (AI) reported that it had investigated the circumstances and impact of more than 30 air strikes of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces in Sanaʽa, Hodeidah, Hajjah and Sa'da. They stated that the coalition was apparently intentionally striking civilian targets such as hospitals and schools. On 24 April 2015, Amnesty International said that airstrikes hit five densely populated areas (Sa'dah, Sanaʽa, Hodeidah, Hajjah and Ibb), killing at least 97 civilians, including 33 children, and wounding 157 civilians. They stated that this raised "concerns about compliance with the rules of international humanitarian law."

According to Farea Al-Muslim, direct war crimes were committed during the conflict; for example, an IDP (Internally displaced person) camp was hit by a Saudi airstrike, while Houthis sometimes prevented aid workers from giving aid. The UN and human rights groups discussed the possibility that war crimes may have been committed by Saudi Arabia during the air campaign.

US Representative Ted Lieu has criticized the Saudi-led attacks on Yemen: "Some of these strikes look like war crimes to me, and I want to get answers as to why the US appears to be assisting in the execution of war crimes in Yemen."

In March 2017, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that "Since the start of the current conflict, at least 4,773 civilians had been killed and 8,272 wounded, the majority by coalition airstrikes.... Human Rights Watch has documented 62 apparently unlawful coalition airstrikes, some of which may amount to war crimes, that have killed nearly 900 civilians, and documented seven indiscriminate attacks by Houthi-Saleh forces in Aden and Taizz that killed 139 people, including at least eight children."

In an April 2020 report, the Human Rights Watch said that war crimes committed by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates in Yemen go unmentioned. They stated that these countries were responsible for most child casualties and illegal attacks on schools.

Declaring the entire governorate of Sa'ada a military target

On 8 May 2015, a spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition declared the entire city of Sa'dah, with a population of around 50,000 people, a military target. According to Human Rights Watch: "This not only violated the laws-of-war prohibition against placing civilians at particular risk by treating a number of separate and distinct military objectives as a single military target, but possibly also the prohibition against making threats of violence whose purpose is to instill terror in the civilian population."

Human Rights Watch compiled the names and ages of some of the people killed in Saada City between 6 April and 11 May. Of the 59 people they found information on, 35 were children and 14 were women. The organisation's analysis of air-strike locations in Sa'dah showed that bombs fell across the city including near markets, schools and hospitals.

U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Johannes van der Klaauw, agreed that the Saud-led coalition's actions breached international humanitarian law. "The indiscriminate bombing of populated areas, with or without prior warning, is in contravention of international humanitarian law," he said. He added that he was concerned that "scores of civilians were reportedly killed and thousands were forced to flee their homes after the coalition declared the entire governate a military target."

Save the Children's Country Director in Yemen, Edward Santiago, said that the "indiscriminate attacks after the dropping of leaflets urging civilians to leave Sa'ada raises concerns about the possible pattern being established in breach of International Humanitarian Law. Warning civilians does not exonerate the coalition from their obligation to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, and we have seen in the last days that the warnings have not been enough to spare civilian lives. At the same time, people are largely unable to flee for safety because of the de facto blockade imposed by the coalition leading to severe fuel shortages."

Attacks on facilities run by aid organizations

Since the Saudi-led coalition began military operations against Ansar Allah on 26 March 2015, Saudi-led coalition airstrikes unlawfully struck hospitals and other facilities run by aid organizations, according to Human Rights Watch. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical facilities in Yemen were attacked four times in three months. On 26 October 2015, HRW documented six Saudi-led airstrikes which bombed a MSF hospital in Haydan district (Sa'dah Governorate), wounding two patients. A Saudi-led coalition airstrike then hit a MSF mobile clinic on 2 December 2015, in Al Houban district (Taizz). Eight people were wounded, including two MSF staff members, and one other civilian nearby was killed. On 10 January 2016, six people were killed and seven wounded when a hospital in Sa'ada was hit by a projectile. MSF said it could not confirm whether the hospital was hit in an air strike by warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition, or by a rocket fired from the ground, and at least one other landed nearby. On 21 January 2016, an MSF ambulance was hit by an airstrike. Seven people were killed and dozens were wounded.

MSF's director of operations Raquel Ayora said: "The way war is being waged in Yemen is causing enormous suffering and shows that the warring parties do not recognise or respect the protected status of hospitals and medical facilities. We witness the devastating consequences of this on people trapped in conflict zones on a daily basis. Nothing has been spared—not even hospitals, even though medical facilities are explicitly protected by international humanitarian law."

The Saudi embassy in London, in early February 2016, advised United Nations and other aid organizations to move their offices and staff away from "regions where the Houthi militias and their supporters are active and in areas where there are military operations". It claimed this was in order to "protect the international organizations and their employees". The UN refused to pull out the humanitarian aid workers and protested against the Saudi demands. On 7 February 2016, the UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien wrote to Saudi Arabia's UN Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi, pointing out that Saudi Arabia is obligated under international law to permit access, and has "duty of care obligations under the conduct of military operations for all civilians, including humanitarian workers".

HRW declared, on 17 February 2016, that Saudi Arabia's warnings to stay away were insufficient to fulfil their legal obligations to protect aid stations and their occupants. James Ross, Legal and Policy Director at HRW, said: "A warning is no justification for an unlawful airstrike. They can't shift the blame for shirking their responsibility onto aid agencies that are struggling to address a deepening crisis."

After an air-strike on an MSF hospital in the Hajjah province on 15 August 2016, MSF announced the pulling of their staff from Saada and Hajjah provinces affecting 6 facilities. The group also complained that the results of previous investigations into hospital bombings by the Saudi-led coalition were never shared.

Targeting of wounded and medical personnel

The United Nations alleged that the Saudi-led coalition had committed a war crime in a October 2016 airstrike, because the bombing was a 'double tap' attack. This is when the first bombing is followed by a second one soon after. The UN report said: "The second air strike, which occurred three to eight minutes after the first air strike, almost certainly resulted in more casualties to the already wounded and the first responders." The UN said 140 people were killed. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that his government was being careful to abide by humanitarian law.

According to the Save the Children group, children have died as a result of Saudi Arabia delaying aid for Yemen for months.

Usage of cluster munitions

In early May 2015, Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia of using US-supplied cluster munitions on at least two occasions. The Saudi military acknowledged using CBU-105 bombs, but it claimed they were only employed against armoured vehicles and not in population centers. Yemeni security officials claimed that cluster bombs were dropped in a civilian area of the Western suburbs of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. In an earlier statement, Saudi Arabia had denied that the Saudi-led military coalition was using cluster bombs at all.

Internationally outlawed cluster bombs supplied by the USA were used by the Saudi-led military coalition and wounded civilians despite evidence of prior civilian casualties, based on multiple reports issued by HRW.

On 8 January 2016, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that Saudi coalition use of cluster munitions could be a war crime. HRW condemned the Saudi-led coalition for the attacks saying: "The coalition's repeated use of cluster bombs in the middle of a crowded city suggests an intent to harm civilians, which is a war crime. These outrageous attacks show that the coalition seems less concerned than ever about sparing civilians from war's horrors." A week later, Amnesty International published new evidence that appeared to confirm reports of coalition forces using US-made cluster munitions on Sanaʽa on 6 January 2016.

In December 2016, a Saudi spokesperson admitted that at least some of the coalition's cluster bombs were manufactured in the United Kingdom. British prime minister Theresa May refused to answer when asked in parliament when she first became aware that UK-made cluster bombs were being used.

Amnesty International has called on Saudi Arabia to destroy its stockpile of cluster bombs and accede to the International Convention on Cluster Munitions. It also asked the Saudi-led coalition to provide the United Nations with precise locations of cluster munition attacks. The coalition has yet to do so.

In May 2019, Saudi Arabia's cargo ship Bahri-Yanbu was blocked from collecting weapons at the French Port of Le Havre by humanitarian groups. Later in the month, Italian union workers refused to load electricity generators on the ship and prevented it from docking, claiming that the weapons on-board would be used against civilians. Despite the protests, the ship docked.

Calls for international independent investigations

A UN panel of experts said in a report for the UN Security Council in January 2016, which was leaked to The Guardian, that the Saudi-led coalition had undertaken 119 sorties in Yemen that violated international humanitarian law. The panel said it had "documented that the coalition had conducted airstrikes targeting civilians and civilian objects, in violation of international humanitarian law, including camps for internally displaced persons and refugees; civilian gatherings, including weddings; civilian vehicles, including buses; civilian residential areas; medical facilities; schools; mosques; markets, factories and food storage warehouses; and other essential civilian infrastructure, such as the airport in Sanaʽa, the port in Hudaydah and domestic transit routes". The report said: "Many attacks involved multiple airstrikes on multiple civilian objects. Of the 119 sorties, the panel identified 146 targeted objects. The panel also documented three alleged cases of civilians fleeing residential bombings and being chased and shot at by helicopters."

While the UN experts were not allowed on the ground in Yemen, they studied satellite imagery of cities before and after attacks, that showed "extensive damage to residential areas and civilian objects". The UN panel concluded that "civilians are disproportionately affected" by the fighting and deplored tactics that "constitute the prohibited use of starvation as a method of warfare". The report said: "The coalition's targeting of civilians through airstrikes, either by bombing residential neighbourhoods or by treating the entire cities of Sa'dah and Maran as military targets, is a grave violation of the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution. In certain cases, the panel found such violations to have been conducted in a widespread and systematic manner." The report called for an international commission, set up by the Security Council, that should "investigate reports of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in Yemen by all parties and to identify the perpetrators of such violations". Saudi Arabia had previously objected to an inquiry being set up.

Five days after the release of the UN Panel of Experts report on Yemen, on 31 January 2016, the Saudi-led Arab coalition announced it had formed "an independent team of experts in international humanitarian law and weapons to assess the incidents and investigate the rules of engagement". The coalition said the objective was to "develop a clear and comprehensive report on each incident with the conclusions, lessons learned, recommendations and measures that should be taken" to spare civilians.

On 16 February 2016, Adama Dieng, the U.N.'s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Jennifer Welsh, the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, said in a joint statement: "We now expect that commitments by the Yemeni authorities and by Saudi Arabia to conduct credible and independent investigations into all alleged violations and provide reparations to victims will be swiftly implemented. It is imperative that the international community also gives immediate consideration to the most effective means of supporting this goal, including the possibility of establishing an international independent and impartial mechanism to support accountability in Yemen."

On 19 September 2020, UN report warned that the UK and other countries of possibly providing arms to Saudi Arabia in terms of "aiding and assisting" the war crimes committed by the coalition in Yemen. The report warned of concerns regarding foreign nations supplying arms to parties of the conflict in Yemen, blatantly disregarding documented patterns of severe violations of global humanitarian and human rights law regarding the conflict.

Alleged use of white phosphorus

In September 2016, The Washington Post reported that Saudi Arabia "appears" to be using US-made white phosphorus munitions against Yemen, based on images and videos posted to social media. Under US regulations, white phosphorus is only allowed to be used to signal to other troops and to reduce visibility in open ground, creating a smoke-screen. It is not to be used to attack humans as it burns human flesh down to the bone, which is considered excessively cruel. A United States official said the department was looking into whether the Saudis used white phosphorus improperly.

UAE secret prisons

In October 2017, a Yemeni citizen died under "severe torture" inside a secret prison run by the United Arab Emirates in the south of Yemen. As videos showed, the body of Ahmed Dubba revealed disturbing signs of torture after it was released from Khanfar Prison. According to media reports, UAE forces in Yemen had carried out a detention campaign against religious scholars and preachers who opposed their presence in the country where prisoners were subject to physical and psychological torture. According to Yemeni rights group Sam, the issue of secret prisons in Yemen has become a regular phenomenon.

Use of child soldiers

On late March 2019 the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday reported that British Special Forces are fighting on the same side as jihadists and militia which use child soldiers. After the report, the shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, questioned these allegations in the British parliament suggesting that the British forces may have been witnesses to war crimes, if the allegations were true. She claimed that as many as 40% of the soldiers in the Saudi coalition were children, a breach of international humanitarian law. In response, the UK Foreign Office minister Mark Field called the allegations "very serious and well-sourced" and promised to get to the bottom of these allegations.

In April 2019 the Qatari-based news agency Aljazeera, reported, based in footage of the presence of child soldiers in the recruitment camps of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition. Children from 15 to 16 were recruited from poverty-driven Yemeni villages.

NATO powers such as the United Kingdom and the United States support the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen primarily through arms sales and technical assistance. France had also made recent military sales to Saudi Arabia. MSF emergency coordinator Karline Kleijer called the US, France and the UK part of the Saudi-led coalition, which imposed the weapons embargo and blocked all ships from entering Yemen with supplies. Rights groups have criticized the countries for supplying arms, and accuse the coalition of using cluster munitions, which are banned in most countries. Oxfam pointed out that Germany, Iran, and Russia have also reportedly sold arms to the conflicting forces. Tariq Riebl, head of programmes in Yemen for Oxfam, said, "it's difficult to argue that a weapon sold to Saudi Arabia would not in some way be used in Yemen," or "if it's not used in Yemen it enables the country to use other weapons in Yemen." Amnesty International urged the US and the UK to stop supplying arms to Saudi Arabia and to the Saudi-led coalition. On August 3, 2019, a United Nations report said the US, UK and France may be complicit in committing war crimes in Yemen by selling weapons and providing support to the Saudi-led coalition which it accused of using m starvation of civilians as a tactic of warfare.

Arms sale by United Kingdom to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in 2019 reportedly soared by £1bn, i.e. 300%, in comparison to the figures in 2018. Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade condemned the increase and criticized the UK arms industry of being dominated by human rights abusers and dictatorships. UK-made fighter jets have been accused of causing catastrophic damage in Yemen. According to official figures released by the Department for International Trade (DIT), the United Kingdom has exported £11bn worth of arms in 2019, becoming the second-highest arms exporter after the United States. The UK traded arms despite a June 2019 court ruling halting the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that could be used in Yemen. In July 2020, Britain resumed arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Official figures of the weapons sale to Saudi Arabia were not included in the data; however, in 2019, 60% of the arms sales were made to Middle Eastern countries.

In January 2020, the State Department told lawmakers that it was planning to permit Raytheon to sell precision-guided missiles worth $478 million to Saudi Arabia and expand its manufacturing inside the country, despite the kingdom's human rights record and objections by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers. On February 4, 2021, the new US President Joe Biden announced an end to the U.S. support for Saudi-led operations in Yemen.

In early June 2020, the French government published a report on the arms exports of 2019, where the sale of €1.4 billion arms was made to Saudi Arabia. Human Rights Watch urged the French authorities to halt any arms sale to Saudi, considering the country is accused in possible war crimes and human rights abuses in Yemen. In July 2020, Amnesty International revealed that France had promoted a private military center to train Saudi troops and backed it both financially and politically. According to the report, France intended to train the Saudi soldiers in the operations of the latest versions of weapons that had already been used in the Yemeni conflict. The training center has been set up at the town of Commercy in Meuse with funds extracted from the French taxpayer's money, violating international treaties, as per Lebel.

In September 2020, a United Nations panel listed Canada among the countries who contributed to fueling the war in Yemen. Following that, 39 human rights organizations, arms-control groups and labor unions, including the Public Service Alliance of Canada, sent a joint letter to the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging for the country to end arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

Year Date Place Deaths Source
2015 26 March – 7 April Sanaʽa 88 civilians U.N.
2015 26 March – 23 April Sanaʽa 209 people U.N.
2015 30 March Mazraq 29 civilians U.N.
2015 31 March Saada 19 civilians U.N.
2015 31 March Ibb province 14 people (11 civilians) Local sources
2015 31 March Wadi Saan 10 civilians Local sources
2015 31 March Hodeida governorate 31 civilians HRW
2015 4 April Sanaa governorate 9 civilians of the same family Reuters via Local sources
2015 7 April Maitam 3 civilians Local sources
2015 12 April Taiz 8 civilians Local sources
2015 14 April Taiz 10 civilians Amnesty International
2015 17 April Yarim, south of Sanaa 7 civilians Local sources
2015 17 April Sanaa 8 civilians
2015 18 April Saada 1 civilian Local sources
2015 19–29 April Haradh 15 people U.N.
2015 20 April Fajj Atan military base, Sanaʽa 90 people ICRC
2015 21 April–5 May Aden 22 civilians U.N.
2015 21 April Ibb province 20 people Local sources
2015 21 April Haradh 9 people Local sources
2015 26 April Al-Thawra hospital, Taiz 19 people U.N.
2015 27 April Aden 2 civilians Local sources
2015 27–28 April Bajel District 30 people U.N.
2015 28 April between Al-Qaras and Basatir 40 civilians Local sources
2015 1 May Sanaʽa 17 civilians U.N.
2015 6 May Sadaa 34 people including at least 27 civilians U.N. and HRW
2015 6 May Sanaa 20 people U.N.
2015 6 May Kitaf 7 civilians Local sources
2015 6 May Dhamar governorate 11 people Local sources
2015 9 May Saada 4 civilians U.N.
2015 11 May Sanaa 5 people Agence France-Presse
2015 14 May Saada 9 people Associated Press
2015 21 May Hajjah Governorate 5 civilians U.N
2015 26 May Saada 7 civilians Local sources
2015 26 May Taiz 8 civilians Amnesty International
2015 27 May Saada and Yemen 80–100 people Reuters
2015 4 June Across Yemen 58 people Local sources
2015 6 June Across Yemen 38 people Local sources
2015 7 June Sanaa 44 people Local sources
2015 12 June Old City of Sanaa 6 people Local sources
2015 13 June Bait Me'yad, Sanaa 9 people Medical sources
2015 16 June Taiz 5 civilians Amnesty International
2015 19 June Across Yemen 10 civilians Local sources
2015 21 June Across Yemen 15 people BBC
2015 30 June Saada 2 people Local sources
2015 30 June Taiz 4 civilians Amnesty International
2015 2 July Sanaa 8 people Houthi-controlled Saba News Agency.
2015 3 July Across Yemen 16 people Local sources
2015 6 July Across Yemen 100 people Local and Medical sources
2015 7 July Taiz 11 Lahj Amnesty International
2015 9 July Taiz 11 Lahj Amnesty International
2015 25 July Mokha, Yemen 120 civilians Associated Press
2015 17 August Jibla and Al-Jawf 17 civilians Local officials
2015 19 August Sanaa 15 civilians UN
2015 21 August Taiz 65 civilians Doctors Without Borders
2015 28 August Taiz 10 people Reuters
2015 30 August Hajjah and Sanaa 40 civilians Local sources
2015 5 September Sanaa 27 civilians Reuters
2015 6 September Al Jawf Governorate 30 people Reuters
2015 12 September Across Yemen 16 civilians Reuters
2015 14 September Sanaa, Yemen 10 people Reuters
2015 20 September Saada 20 People Reuters
2015 21 September Hajjah and Sanaa 50 people Reuters
2015 27 September Hajjah 30 civilians Local sources
2015 28 September Al-Wahijah, Taiz 131 civilians Medics
2015 8 October Dhamar, Yemen 25–50 people Reuters
2016 10 January Saada, Yemen 6 civilians Doctors Without Borders
2016 13 January Bilad al-Rus 15 civilians Local sources
2016 27 February Sanaa 40 civilians Reuters
2016 15 March Mastaba at least 119 people UN
2016 20 June Sanaa 8 civilians Yemeni Officials
2016 7 August Nehm district 18 civilians Local officials
2016 9 August Sanaa 13 civilians Reuters
2016 13 August Saada 19 civilians MSF
2016 15 August Hajjah province 19 civilians MSF
2016 10 September Arhab district 30 people UN
2016 21 September Al Hudaydah Governorate 26 civilians Reuters
2016 8 October Sanaa 140 people UN
2016 29 October Al Hudaydah 60 inmates Reuters
2016 28 November Al Hudaydah at least 13 civilians Yemeni officials
2017 1 January Sirwah District 5 civilians Military officials
2017 7 January Sanaʽa 12 civilians Medics
2017 10 January Nehm district 8 children Rescuers
2017 15 February north of Sanaa 10 women and children Reuters
2017 10 March Al Khawkhah district 18 civilians UN
2017 15 March Mastaba 119 people Human Rights Watch
2017 16 March Bab-el-Mandeb 42 Somali refugees UN
2017 3 April Sarawah District 8 civilians Security and tribal officials
2017 17 May Mawza District 23 civilians Houthis
2017 17 June Saada Governorate 24 civilians Health officials
2017 18 July al-Atera village, Mawza District 20+ civilians UN
2017 23 August Arhab, Sanaʽa 48+ civilians Medical officials
2017 26 December Taiz, Hodeidah 68 civilians UN
2018 3 April Hodeidah 14+ civilians Medics
2018 23 April Hajja 40+ civilians Medical officials
2018 9 August Saada 51 killed, including 40 children International Committee of the Red Cross; Houthi Health Ministry
2018 13 October Al Hudaydah 17 people Deutsche Welle
2018 24 October Al Hudaydah Governorate 21+ civilians UN
2019 29 July Saada Governorate 13+ civilians Medics
2019 1 September Dhamar 100+ civilians Red Cross (ICRC)
2020 15 February Al Jawf Governorate 31+ civilians UN
2020 8 August Al Jawf Governorate 20+ women and children UN, Houthis

A Houthi spokesman stated on 28 April 2015 that the airstrikes had killed 200 members of all pro-Houthi forces since the campaign started. In addition, UNICEF reported on 24 April 2015 that the strikes had killed 64 children.

Between 26 March and 21 April, The New York Times confirmed 18 airstrikes that resulted in civilian casualties.

According to the United Nations, between 26 March and 10 May 2015, the conflict, killed at least 828 Yemeni civilians, including 91 women and 182 children. One hundred and eighty-two were killed between 4 and 10 May alone, with most of those due to the airstrikes.

Yemeni capital Sanaa after airstrikes, 9 October 2015

On 6 May HRW reported that an airstrike struck a residential home in Saada, killing 27 members of one family, including 17 children and on 26 May, 7 more members of the same family were killed in another airstrike.

On 27 May nearly 100 people were killed due to airstrikes hitting Sanaa, Sa'da and Hodeida in the largest ever one-day death toll throughout the conflict.

On 28 June a coalition airstrike hit and damaged the UN compound in Aden, severely damaging the UNDP building and injuring a guard.

On 30 June HRW released a report stating that coalition airstrikes on the northern Yemeni city of Saada, a Houthi rebel stronghold, had killed dozens of civilians and wrecked homes and markets. The group said it had documented a dozen airstrikes on Saada that destroyed or damaged civilian homes, five markets, a school and a petrol station although there was no evidence of military use. "Saada City's streets are littered with bomb craters, destroyed buildings, and other evidence of coalition airstrikes," HRW's Sarah Leah Whitson said in the report and later added. "These attacks appear to be serious laws-of-war violations that need to be properly investigated."

On 6 July airstrikes killed over 100 people including more than 30 civilians in Al Joob, Amran. The state-run news agency said that 40 had been killed in a raid on a livestock market in al-Foyoush. Local residents also reported 30 deaths in a raid they said apparently targeted a Houthi checkpoint on the main road between Aden and Lahj. They said 10 of the dead were Houthi fighters. MSF head of mission in Yemen said "It is unacceptable that airstrikes take place in highly concentrated civilian areas where people are gathering and going about their daily lives, especially at a time such as Ramadan."

On 25 July airstrikes killed over 120 civilians in the town of Mokha, marking the deadliest strike yet against civilians. The airstrikes hit workers' housing for a power plant in Mokha, flattening some of the buildings, the officials said. A fire erupted in the area, charring many of the corpses. "It just shows what is the trend now of the airstrikes from the coalition," said Hassan Boucenine of the Geneva-based Doctors Without Borders. "Now, it's a house, it's a market, it's anything." He added that many of the workers had families visiting for the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Mokha, populated largely by fishermen, had a reputation as one of the safest places in the country embroiled in war, said Boucenine.

On 18 August AI reported that it had confirmed 141 civilian deaths from eight airstrikes.

On 15 March 2016 Saudi-led airstrikes on a market in Mastaba killed at least 119 people, including 25 children.

The attack on 8 October 2016 killed 140 people and injuring 500 persons in one of the single worst death tolls in the two-year war. The United Kingdom is under pressure for exporting arms to Saudi Arabia.

Forces working for the internationally recognized government of Yemen claimed of being hit by airstrikes on 29 August 2019, while traveling towards the southern city of Aden. According to a government commander, the airstrike killed around 30 troops. No confirmation has been made on who carried out the attack, however, the commander claimed that a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is the only warring side in Yemen's 4-year-old conflict that is equipped with airpower.

Civilian airstrike casualties

Protest against the military intervention in Yemen, New York City, December 2017

On 24 August 2015, the UN special representative of the secretary-general for children and armed conflict said, that of 402 children killed in Yemen since late March 2015, 73 percent were victims of Saudi coalition-led airstrikes. Mondoweiss reported that the UN also said at this time that an average of 30 people had been killed in Yemen every single day since the beginning of the war. On top of this, more than 23,000 had been wounded.

On 11 September, UN Human Rights Commissioner said that of 1,527 civilians killed between 26 March and 30 June, at least 941 people were killed by airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition.

On 27 October, the OHCHR said that out of 2,615 civilians killed between 26 March and 26 October 2015, 1,641 civilians had reportedly been killed due to airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition.

The January 2016 report of a UN panel of experts, presented to the UN security council, attributed 60 percent (2,682) of all civilian deaths and injuries in the war since 26 March 2015 to air-launched explosive weapons.

On 1 February 2016 Reuters reported: "Mortars and rockets fired at Saudi Arabian towns and villages have killed 375 civilians, including 63 children, since the start of the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen in late March, Riyadh said."

On 16 September 2016, The Guardian reported: "The independent and non-partisan survey, based on open-source data, including research on the ground, records more than 8,600 air attacks between March 2015, when the Saudi-led campaign began, and the end of August this year. Of these, 3,577 were listed as having hit military sites and 3,158 struck non-military sites.... The UN has put the death toll of the 18-month war at more than 10,000, with 3,799 of them being civilians."

In October 2016, a densely populated funeral in Yemen was struck, leaving at least 155 dead and 525 wounded, including the senior military and security officials of the Shia Houthi and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The attack was reportedly carried out by Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia accepts the finding of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team, a setup of coalition states to investigate complaints against coalitions' conduct in Decisive Storm, that coalition's bombardment at a funeral ceremony in Sanaʽa, in which over 140 people were killed and more than 600 injured, was based on wrong information. Reportedly, the United States is reviewing its policy of support for the Saudi-led coalition. US Secretary of State John Kerry sought assurances from Saudi Arabia that incidents such as the airstrike on a civilian funeral in Sanaʽa will not happen again. He proposed a cease-fire and a return to talks aiming for a political resolution of the conflict. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said he hoped to institute a 72-hour cease-fire as soon as possible, provided the Houthis will agree.

Ongoing armed conflicts in June 2019.

Major wars, 10,000 or more deaths in current or past year

In December 2017, Saudis killed and injured 600 Yemenis in 26 days.

On 9 August 2018, a school bus was hit by a Saudi airstrike, killing 51 people and injuring 79. 40 of the dead and 56 of the injured were children between the ages of 6 and 11.

In the past few days from 7 November, more than 100 Saudi airstrikes had attacked civilian neighborhoods and a malnutrition clinic run by Save the Children in Hodeidah.

According to the Yemen Data Project, the Saudi-led bombing campaign has killed or injured an estimated 17,729 civilians as of March 2019.

As per the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, the Saudi-led coalition has caused around 4,800 civilian deaths and the Houthis have caused around 1,300 out of 7,000 civilian fatalities since 2016. On 16 May 2019, another airstrike in a crowded residential area of Sana'a killed five civilians and injured 31.

An air strike in the northwest Yemen killed seven children and two women, as reported by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on 13 July 2020. The Houthi rebels claimed that the air strike was carried out by the Saudi-led coalition. However, Saudi Arabia denied any involvement in the air strike.

On 6 August 2020, an air strike in northern Yemen killed a large number of civilians. A report by humanitarian coordination agency, UNOCHA, indicated that as many as nine children were killed, while seven children and two women were injured. The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, condemned air strikes and called for a transparent investigation into the incident.

In 2015 Yemen was ranked 168th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Press Freedom Index. According to an annual round-up published on 29 December 2015 by RSF, six journalists in Yemen (out of 67 worldwide) were killed in 2015 because of their work or while reporting. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least six journalists were killed in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition between March 2015 and the end of January 2016.

On 17 January 2016, the freelance Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli was killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Jaref, a Houthi-controlled district in the outskirts of Sanaʽa. Mojalli had gone there, working for Voice of America (VOA), to interview survivors of air strikes in Jaref in which up to 21 civilians had been killed days earlier. Rory Peck Trust honored him as "key source of information for visiting journalists" in Yemen. Daniel Martin Varisco, President of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies and Research Professor at Qatar University, said in an obituary that Mojalli's work "was a voice documenting the humanitarian crisis that the world outside Yemen has largely ignored" and a voice that "has been silenced". RSF, CPJ, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Yemen Journalists' Syndicate (YJS) and UNESCO condemned Mojalli's death. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and RSF reminded all the parties to the armed conflict in Yemen that they were required to respect and ensure the safety of all journalists by UN Security Council Resolution 2222, adopted in 2015, and by the Geneva Conventions.

On 21 January 2016, the 17-year-old TV cameraman Hashem al-Hamran was mortally injured by an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition in the city of Dahian (Saada Governorate), when he was filming bombing raids for the Houthi-run television channel al-Masirah TV. He died from his wounds on 22 January 2016. The YJS, the IFJ and Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, condemned the killing of Hashem Al Hamran.

The director of Yemen TV, Munir al-Hakami, and his wife, Suaad Hujaira, who also worked for the state-owned, Houthi-controlled broadcaster, were killed along with their three children by a coalition air strike on 9 February 2016. They were living in a residential area nowhere near a possible military target; the killing of the two media workers was condemned by the head of UNESCO.

Zaid al-Sharabi, an Emirates News Agency journalist, was killed by a Houthi set bomb which was hidden inside a motocycle and placed near a restaurant in Mokha on 29 January 2019. The bomb killed a total of 6 people and wounded another Emirates News Agency journalist, Faisal Al Thubhani.

In February 2016, the UN Security Council noted that in terms of "numbers of people in need" the humanitarian crisis in Yemen was "the largest in the world". In August 2015, the head of the International Red Cross said, "Yemen after five months looks like Syria after five years."

Protest outside 10 Downing Street against a visit by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, London, March 2018

The U.N. human rights office reported more than 8,100 civilians were killed or wounded between 26 March and the end of 2015, the vast majority from airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition forces.

At the beginning of May 2015, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said, that there had been "severe destruction of civilian infrastructure, including houses, in many districts" since 26 March. Severe damage caused by attacks on Yemen's essential civilian infrastructure such as airports in Sanaʽa and Hodeida by the Saudi-led military coalition was obstructing the delivery of much-needed humanitarian assistance and movement of humanitarian personnel according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

In the first weeks since 26 March massive destruction of civilian infrastructure particularly happened in Aden and Sa'da, according to OHCHR.

In August 2015, air attacks of the Saudi-led coalition on port facilities at Al-Hudaydah "in clear contravention of international humanitarian law", said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien.

In mid-February 2016, Stephen O'Brien said the situation in Yemen was a "humanitarian catastrophe", with 21 million people in need of some kind of aid, 7.6 million people "severely food-insecure", and over 3.4 million children out of school. O'Brien noted the situation had not been helped by the diversion of an aid vessel by coalition forces.

According to Lamya Khalidi, an archaeologist: At least sixty of Yemen's monuments have been damaged or destroyed in the bombing campaign by Saudi-led coalition in March 2015. Among these monuments are unique archaeological monuments, old cities, museums, mosques, churches and tombs.

Timeline

On 26 March, Interior Ministry officials linked to Ansar Allah documented that 23 civilians had been killed and 24 wounded. Among the dead were 5 children, ages 2 to 13, 6 women and an elderly man. The wounded included 12 children, ages 3 to 8, and 2 women due to airstrike against Sanaʽa particularly in Bani Hawat, a predominantly Houthi neighborhood near Sanaa's airports and al-Nasr, near the presidential palace. HRW documented the deaths of 11 civilians, including 2 women and 2 children, other than those provided by the Yemeni officials along with 14 more wounded, including 3 children and 1 woman. According to AI, that bombing destroyed at least 14 homes in Bani Hawat.

On 31 March, OCHA reported that 13 of 22 Governorates were affected and highlighted infrastructure effects that detailed coalition bombing of a refugee camp that killed 29 and injured 40. Fuel shortages in the south threatened water access to citizens and in Lahj, electricity and water services had not been functioning for several days. Later that day, AI reported that at least six civilians, including four children, were burned to death as a result of an airstrike. It reported that two fuel stations were destroyed. In al-Kadima area in al-Kita, several passengers were killed in a car that had stopped to refuel and a worker was injured. The third strike, apparently aimed at a passing fuel tanker, set fire to at least three civilian homes. AI then stated that "it is becoming increasingly apparent that the Saudi Arabian-led coalition is turning a blind eye to civilian deaths and suffering caused by its military intervention."

On 17 April, OCHA reported on the increasing deterioration of the humanitarian situation, reporting airstrikes hitting in Saada City a water tank, the electricity station, a petrol station, a plastics processing factory, a shopping centre and a housing complex. Several days earlier, airstrikes had hit private homes, the post office, a community centre, government offices, markets and vehicles. Local partners estimated about 50 dead within the past week. In Sanaʽa residential neighborhoods near Assir, Ayban and Faj Attan were affected due to their proximity to military camps. In Amran, airstrikes hit a petrol station, an educational institute and a bridge. According to local reports, a local water corporation in Hajjah (Abbs District) was hit. The report also stated that civilian casualties were under-reported as families without access to hospitals bury their members at home.

On 20 April coalition airstrikes hit the Fajj Atan military base, causing a large explosion that killed 38 civilians and injured over 500. The airstrike also targeted the office of Yemen Today, a TV network owned by Ali Abdullah Saleh, killing three and injuring other workers. An eyewitness reported that emergency rooms were overwhelmed. The head of the ICRC in Yemen later clarified that 90 people had died during this attack.

On 21 April the BBC reported a warning from the UN about worsening health services and a dire need for medicines.

On 24 April UNICEF released a report stating that since the start of the military intervention, 115 children had been killed, with at least 64 from aerial bombardment. The F-14's of Saudi Arabia often strike militia holdouts that miss and hit shelters the homeless and houses.

According to OCHA's fifth report, released on 26 April, humanitarian operations would come to a complete halt within two weeks and hospitals in both Sanaa and Aden would close completely due to the lack of fuel. The lack of fuel affected water supplies. Markets in affected governorates are not able to provide food, with wheat grain and flour prices rising by 42% and 44%, respectively. The healthcare system faced an imminent collapse with hospitals struggling to operate due to lack of medicines and supplies. Essential medicine prices increased by 300%.

Casualties from 19 March to 22 April reached 1,080 (28 children and 48 women) and 4,352 wounded (80 children and 143 women). According to the WFP, 12 million people were food insecure, a 13% rise.

On 29 April OCHA reported that airstrikes hit SIA on 28 April, damaging the runway and hampering aid deliveries. Airstrikes were also reported at Al Hudayda Airport and Saada. Widespread internet and phone disruptions were reported in several governorates due to the lack of fuel and electricity. On 25 April, the Yemen Public Telecommunications Corporation warned that unless the fuel crisis was resolved, telecommunication services (mobile phones, internet, and land lines) would shut down within a week. The disruption in communication was affecting information flow on humanitarian needs and operations. On 29 April, Haradh was heavily bombarded, including areas near the main hospital. Food distribution and aid would reportedly stop within a week if additional fuel could not be obtained. As of 29 April the Al Hudaydah Governorate ran out of fuel and aid operations could not be completed.

On 30 April OCHA's Flash Update 22 reported that airstrikes hit the only main roads that connect the Sanaʽa Governorate with Ibb. It also indicated that over 3,410 people from Yemen had arrived in Somalia since the fighting escalated, with 2,285 arrivals registered in Puntland and 1,125 registered in the Somaliland. A further 8,900 migrants were registered in Djibouti, 4,700 of whom were third country nationals.

On 4 May coalition airstrikes hit SIA, destroying a cargo ship and other planes used to transport food and supplies. OCHA reported that several airstrikes hit the Al Hudayda airport and surrounding areas in Al Hudayda City. In Aden, the districts of Craiter and Al-Muala were without electricity, water and telecommunication for over a week according to residents.

On 5 May, in order to send humanitarian aid, van der Klaauw haggled with the coalition to stop bombing SIA.[citation needed] He emphasized the effects on persons with disabilities stating that over 3,000,000 people with disabilities could not meet their basic needs. The conflict forced more than 300 centres to close. He added that they were especially concerned about an airstrike that targeted a military field hospital.

On 6 May, the OCHA reported lack of fuel to support humanitarian operations beyond one week, with fuel and food prices continuing to increase. The World Food Programme declared that shortages of fuel has changed to a serious threat for hospitals and food supplies. Edward Santiago, country director for Save the Children, said in statement a short time ceasefire is not enough to allow for humanitarian supplies.

On 7 May, trade sources stated that merchant ships had been delayed weeks Yemen and in one case, following inspection and approval, a food supply ship was denied access. The food crisis increased to include over 20 million people (80% of the population) going hungry. Airstrikes destroyed a mine factory and a communications center. Local sources reported that 13 villagers were killed due to shelling near the border.

On 18 May, HRW documented airstrikes that hit homes and markets and killed and wounded civilians. HRW documented the bombing of four markets.

The conflict is exacerbating Yemen's water scarcity, Sanaa, 21 May 2015

On 21 May, OCHA reported airstrikes that hit two farms adjacent to a humanitarian facility in Hajjah Governorate and resulted in civilian casualties. A warehouse containing humanitarian supplies was damaged in another strike. In Sa'adah City, satellite imagery analysis identified widespread damage to infrastructure with 1,171 structures affected, damaged or destroyed. The analysis showed that as of 17 May, 35 impact craters existed within the city, mostly along the runway of Sa'ada airport. Similar imagery of Aden identified 642 affected structures, including 327 destroyed. Local partners reported that 674 schools were forced to close in Sanaʽa, affecting 551,000 students.

Fuel prices increased by over 500% and food supplies by 80% since 26 March. The continued restrictions on the arrival of goods via air and sea ports, and insecurity on roads, restricted the delivery of essential supplies. In Sanaʽa, security concerns due to airstrikes prevented delivery of food assistance.

On 21 May, five Ethiopian migrants were killed and two others injured in an airstrike that hit open space 500 metres from an IOM-managed Migrant Response Centre. With continued conflict and import restrictions, Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes were likely in the coming month. In six governorates, reports from OCHA partners show that basic food items are no longer available (Aden, Abyan, Al Dhale'e, Al Bayda, Lahj, Sa'ada).

On 3 June, The Operations Room of the Ministry of Health in Sanaʽa was damaged. It manages emergency operations nationwide.

On 5 June, The Washington Post reported that several Yemeni cultural and heritage strikes had been repeatedly targeted by Saudi airstrikes. Reports stated that Al-Qahira Castle, the 1,200-year-old al-Hadi Mosque and Dhamar Museum with over 12,500 artifacts were destroyed and the Great Dam of Marib was hit.

On 17 June, an OCHA report highlighted that food security had continued to worsen, with 19 out of 22 governorates now classified 'crisis' or 'emergency'. Half the population was 'food insecure' and nearly a quarter 'severely food insecure. A joint analysis of household food security by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) WFP and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in Yemen (MoPIC) found that Yemen was sliding into catastrophe. More than six million Yemenis were then in a Phase 4 Emergency, and nearly 6.9 million people are in a Phase 3 Crisis: These figures indicate that Yemen was approaching a complete breakdown in food security and health.

An airstrike in Sanaʽa on a textile factory in July 2015 left more than 1,300 people unemployed (photo: A. Mojalli/VOA, November 2015)
Apartment building destroyed by a strike in Sanaa on 5 September 2015

On 26 July, the OCHA announced that airstrikes hit the residential complex of the Al Mukha Power Station in Al Mukha District, Taiz Governorate with health facilities reporting 55 deaths and 96 injuries and media reports as high as 120, all civilians.

On 27 August, the OCHA announced that airstrikes targeting that Al-Hudaydah port facilities late on 17 August and early 18 August had brought the port activities to a near halt and that the port was empty of all vessels and remained non-operational. A UN-chartered aid vessel carrying 2,230 MT of mixed food commodities left the port and was rerouted to Djibouti.

On 5 January 2016, an airstrike by the Saudi-led military coalition hit the Al Noor Center for Care and Rehabilitation of Blind, in the Safiah district of Sanaʽa, the capital's only center, school, and home for people with visual disabilities. Five people were injured. Human Rights Watch and media reported, if the bomb had exploded, the damage would have been much worse. Human Rights Watch blamed both the Saudi-led coalition for hitting civilian targets and the Houthi militants battling the coalition. HRW said Houthi militants were partially to blame for using civilian sites for military purposes. Armed Houthis were stationed near the Al Noor center, putting the students at risk.

On 20 April 2016 the UN General Assembly Security Council in a report covering the period January to December 2015 "verified a sixfold increase in the number of children killed and maimed compared with 2014, totalling 1,953 child casualties (785 children killed and 1,168 injured). More than 70 per cent were boys. Of the casualties, 60 per cent (510 deaths and 667 injuries) were attributed to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition."

On 8 October 2016, airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition force kill 140 people and injuring 500 persons in one of the single worst death tolls in the two-year war. There are coalitions between Saudi Arabia and his allies in the subject. Also, the United Kingdom is under pressure for exporting Lucrative Arms and weapons to Saudi Arabia.

On 2 August 2018, The New York Times reported that at least 30 people were killed when the Saudi-led coalition air force hit a fish market, the entrance to the main hospital and a security compound.

On 9 August 2018, a Saudi airstrike in Dahyan hit a school bus causing approximately 51 deaths. Many of these deaths were schoolchildren and other civilians.

On 8 October 2019, Yemen made an agreement to hand over Aden to Saudi Arabia.

On 7 February 2020, Yemeni hospitals were attacked, leaving more than thousands of civilians in need of immediate medical attention followed by a disrupted healthcare facility. The attack was a result of clashes between warring parties of Yemen; Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen and Houthis.

Saada

Saada was the governorate of origin of 500,794 IDPs (out of 2,509,068 in total) as of December 2015.

On 18 April, an airstrike in Saada hit an Oxfam warehouse, damaging humanitarian supplies and killing at least one civilian. Aid groups widely condemned the strike.

On 8 and 9 May 2015, large-scale displacement was reported in Saada to neighbouring areas, after the Saudi-led military coalition declared the entire Saada governorate a "military zone" and started heavy airstrikes. Around 70,000 people, including 28,000 children, fled from the Governorate of Sa'ada. The Save the Children's Country Director in Yemen, Edward Santiago, said that many more were "largely unable to flee for safety because of the de facto blockade imposed by the coalition leading to severe fuel shortages". On 9 May 2015, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Johannes van der Klaauw, condemned the air strikes on Saada city as being in breach of international humanitarian law.

In August 2015 the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) reported that "the crisis has taken an immeasurably heavy toll on civilians in this poor, rural governorate, causing death, injury and frequent damage and destruction of infrastructure."

In January 2016 the Houthi-controlled Saada area, including medical facilities run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), received almost daily attacks. Michael Seawright, a Saada-based MSF project coordinator, said that they treated a high number of casualties, many with severe injuries. The Shiara hospital in Razeh District in Saada City, the only hospital with a trauma centre in the governorate of Saada and in most of northern Yemen, was hit on 10 January, and several people were killed, including medical personnel. MSF had been working in the facility since November 2015.

Sanaʽa

457.502 IDPs (out of 2,509,068 in total) originated from Sanaʽa Governorate and Sanaʽa city as of December 2015.

After the Old City of Sanaʽa was heavily bombed in May 2015, causing severe damage to many of its historic buildings, Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, said "I am particularly distressed by the news concerning air strikes on heavily populated areas such as the cities of Sanaʽa and Saa'dah."

Following a surge in aerial bombing raids in the Old City of Sanaʽa in June 2015, the UN warned, that the country's extensive archaeological and historic heritage had been increasingly under threat. In July 2015, the Old City of Sanaʽa, which had sustained serious damage due to armed conflict, was added to List of World Heritage in Danger.

On 6 September 2015, Al Sabaeen paediatric hospital in Sanaʽa had to be evacuated after a nearby airstrike. The United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) described the event as "a severe blow to a tattered health system". Before its closure the Al Sabaeen paediatric hospital—standing amid bombed out buildings in the center of Sanaʽa—had been the primary paediatric hospital in the area. "Before the crisis it had a catchment population of about 300,000; but, since the crisis that number has risen to almost 3 million, with the entire governorate reliant on it for specialist care," said Save the Children spokesperson Mark Kaye.

A joint report by the UK-based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) and the UN-OCHA, that concluded that airstrikes were responsible for 60 percent of civilian casualties in the first seven months of 2015, came to the result, that more than half (53 per cent) of the reported civilian toll was recorded in Sanaʽa and surrounding districts.

On 7 January 2016, HRW reported and condemned that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces had used cluster bombs on residential areas of Sanaa on 6 January. On 8 January the United Nations warned that their use could be a war crime. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was "particularly concerned about reports of intense airstrikes in residential areas and on civilian buildings in Sanaʽa, including the Chamber of Commerce, a wedding hall and a centre for the blind".

HRW-investigation of six apparently unlawful airstrikes in residential areas of Sanaa city in September and October 2015,
that (according to HRW) failed to distinguish civilians from military objectives or caused disproportionate civilian loss
Date Location Objectives struck Civilians killed (at least) Civilians injured
(if known)
men women children total
4 September Hadda Neighborhood, Sanaʽa four-story apartment building 0 1 2 3
18 September Marib Street, Sanaʽa house and unused iron lathe workshop 3 1 1 5 8
18 September Old City, Sanaʽa buildings of the World Heritage Site 4 2 7 13 12
21 September Al-Hassaba Neighborhood, Sanaʽa homes in the densely populated residential area 3 6 11 20 ?
23 September Al-Asbahi Neighborhood, Sanaʽa buildings in the residential neighborhood 7 2 10 19 ?
26 October Thabwa, Sanaʽa buildings in the residential neighborhood 2
civilian airstrike casualties for all 6 airstrikes, investigated by HRW (report of 21 December 2015) 60 ?

Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)

Development of the number of IDPs and IDP returnees (January 2010 – June 2018)

In April and May 2015 mass displacement was observed primarily in Saada, Amran and Hajjah governorates as airstrikes and shelling intensified in the north of Yemen.

On 13 April, OCHA reported that (as of 11 April) more than 120,000 people were estimated to have been internally displaced since 26 March 2015.

On 17 May the UN, citing Yemen's health services, said that as of 15 May 545,000 had been internally displaced because of the war, up from 450,000 announced on 15 May 2015.

On 1 June, the UN announced that 1,019,762 people had been internally displaced as of 28 May 2015.

On 6 July the UN announced that as of 2 July there were 1,267,590 internally displaced people in Yemen.

On 5 August, a task force of the Global Protection Cluster announced their estimate of 1,439,118 internally displaced persons from more than 250,000 households in Yemen.

On 15 October the IOM-UNHCR displacement-tracking mechanism published new data showing in the 5th RFPM report that the IDP population had reached 2,305,048 people.

The 6th RFPM report (published on 10 December 2015) gave a figure of 2,509,068 internally displaced persons. Much of the increase from the previous report, published in October, could be attributed to improved tracking methods.

Starvation and diseases

See also: Famine in Yemen
"Let Yemen Live" protest at US and Saudi missions to the UN, New York City, December 2017

On 14 June 2015, OCHA reported a large outbreak of Dengue fever that killed over 113 people and infected over 4,000. Patients could not be treated due to lack of water in affected areas. OCHA was also investigating reports of a Measles outbreak. Health officials considered the breakdown in health services, including decrease in immunization coverage, closure of health facilities and difficulty in accessing health services as possible contributing factors.

In June 2015, Oxfam's humanitarian programme manager in Sanaa said that Saudi-led naval blockade "means it's impossible to bring anything into the country. There are lots of ships, with basic things like flour, that are not allowed to approach. The situation is deteriorating, hospitals are now shutting down, without diesel. People are dying of simple diseases."

On 1 July 2015, the UN announced that Yemen was at the highest level of humanitarian disaster with over 80% of the population needing help. UN agencies agreed to classify Yemen as a level 3 emergency as the UN Envoy for Yemen stated that Yemen is one step away from famine.

In February 2016, the OCHA reported that 21 million people (85% of the population) were in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, 7.6 million people were "severely" food insecure, and that more than 3.4 million children were not attending school.

On 4 October 2016, the UN children's agency UNICEF said 1.5 million children in Yemen suffer of malnutrition, including 370,000 enduring very severe malnutrition.

In October 2016, health authorities in Yemen confirmed a cholera outbreak in Sanaa and Taiz. In June 2017, cholera cases passed 100,000 with 798 deaths in the country. The water and sanitation systems are largely inoperable Numerous international humanitarian organisations have pointed to the Saudi-led naval and aerial blockade and bombing campaign as central causes behind the preventable cholera epidemic.

With the right medicines, these [diseases] are all completely treatable – but the Saudi Arabia-led coalition is stopping them from getting in.

Grant Pritchard, Save the Children's interim country director for Yemen, April 2017, Vice News

More than 50,000 children in Yemen died from starvation in 2017. The number rose to 85,000 as of December 2018. The famine in Yemen is the direct result of the Saudi Arabian-led intervention and blockade of Yemen. In December 2017, the Guardian reported: "Data on coalition airstrikes collected by the Yemen Data Project have recorded 356 air raids targeting farms, 174 targeting market places and 61 air raids targeting food storage sites from March 2015 to the end of September 2017."

According to the OCHA's March 2019 report, 108,889 suspected cholera and acute watery diarrhea cases were reported between January and mid-March, with one third cases of children below 5 five years. Around 190 people died in the mentioned period. In August 2016, a Joint Incidents Assessment Team was formed by the coalition parties to investigate alleged laws of war violations. But the team failed to meet international standards regarding transparency, impartiality, and independence. It failed to investigate and apply human rights law in the civil war and instead acted as a shield against the parties accountable for the war.

In December 2015, David Ottaway, a senior scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington, estimated the Saudi-led military coalition was spending $200 million a day on military operations in Yemen. His sources speculate that the Saudis are supplying most of the funding.

On 20 October 2020, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) published a report that Swiss companies exported war material to the value of almost 690 million francs. According to this report Saudi Arabia, currently involved in a conflict in Yemen bought war material from Switzerland for 3.8 million francs.

In Yemen

Opposition

Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was initially allied with Houthis, until they assassinated him on accounts of treason.

Following the call by the leader of the Houthi movement, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, tens of thousands Yemenis of various socioeconomic backgrounds took to the streets of the rebel-controlled capital, Sanaʽa, to voice their anger at the Saudi intervention.

On 21 April 2015, representatives of 19 Yemeni political parties and associations rejected UN Resolution 2216, stating that it encouraged terrorist expansion, intervened in Yemen's sovereign affairs, violated Yemen's right of self-defence and emphasized the associations' support of the Yemeni Army.

On 23 April, a spokesman for the Houthis said UN-sponsored peace talks should continue, but only following "a complete halt of attacks" by the coalition.

In a televised address on 24 April, Saleh called on the Houthis and other armed groups to withdraw from the territory they had seized and participate in UN-sponsored peace talks, in exchange for an end to the air campaign. Exiled Yemeni Foreign Minister rejected the peace proposal saying that Saleh had no role in the talks.

On 26 April, the General Authority for Archeology and Museums in Yemen condemned attacks targeting historical sites. The statement highlighted an attack that completely destroyed an ancient fortress in the Damt District of the Ad Dali' Governorate. Yemeni political parties issued a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon requesting that he continue the peace talks. The letter emphasized that Yemen was still under attack by air, land and sea and that the existing blockade was increasing the humanitarian crisis and that education had been denied for 3 million students due to the "random attacks".

On 2 May 2015, the Yemenis Forum of Persons With Disability stated that 300 centres and organizations had been forced to stop operations following the intervention. The organization denounced the air and sea blockade that "increased the suffering of the disabled greatly". The same day Hussein al-Ezzi, the Houthi head of foreign relations, sent a letter addressed to Secretary General Ban seeking an end to the "unjustified Saudi aggression". He asked the UN to seek an end to what Houthis described as blatant aggression against the country.

On 7 May, 17 humanitarian agencies stressed that life-saving aid would run out in a week and emphasized the need to remove the existing blockade. The International Non-Government Organizations Forum in Yemen appealed for allowing basic materials to enter the country immediately.

On 10 May, Houthi military spokesman Sharaf Luqman welcomed the Russian initiative, which advocated a suspension of military operations and also lifting the blockade.

On 26 March 2017, the second anniversary of the war, over a hundred thousand Houthi supporters demonstrated in Sanaa protesting the Saudi aggression and expressing solidarity.

Support

Yemen's President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 7 May 2015

Anti-Houthi groups, especially Sunnis, while supporting the intervention did not wish for the return to power of Hadi, since they viewed him as the man "who ceded control of the capital without a fight six months ago".

On 3 April, the Al-Islah party, the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, declared its support for the campaign. Supporters of the party reportedly suffered consequences, including kidnappings and raids, as a result of this declaration.

On 26 April, the foreign minister in Hadi's government, Riad Yaseen, rejected Saleh's calls for UN-sponsored peace talks on the ground.

Saudi Arabia

Opposition

On 5 April a firefight broke out between anti-government Shiite rioters and security forces in Saudi Arabia's Shiite-minority in Eastern Province, with one police officer killed and three others injured. The firefight broke out after calls in the Eastern Province to protest against the military intervention.

On 29 April, King Salman dismissed his appointed crown prince, Muqrin of Saudi Arabia. Some regional political analysts speculated that the decision was precipitated by Muqrin's alleged opposition to the intervention. Salman appointed Muhammad bin Nayef, who publicly announced his support of the operation, to replace Muqrin.

Support

On 21 April, Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal reportedly offered 100 Bentleys to participating pilots. The announcement was met with substantial criticism.

Among the general populace, the war was popular.

Other coalition countries

Bahrain

On 3 April Bahrainis protested against the war on Yemen. A prominent Bahraini opposition politician, Fadhel Abbas, was reportedly arrested by Bahraini authorities for condemning the bombing as "flagrant aggression".

Egypt

Supporters of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood demonstrated against Egypt's military intervention.

Kuwait

Shiite parliament member Abdul Hamid Dashti reportedly criticized the war and described it as an "act of aggression". A prominent Shiite lawyer, Khalid Al Shatti, was summoned by Kuwaiti authorities for his criticism of the Saudi government.

On 28 April, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah stated that the only solution to the Yemen crisis was political.

International

Foreign Ministers of the U.S., the U.K., Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, before a working dinner focused on Yemen, 19 July 2016

The Arab League, United States, Turkey, OIC and Hamas voiced support for the intervention, but the European Union, Russia and the United Nations criticised it. The United Kingdom, and France supported the intervention, and along with Canada have supplied the Saudi military with equipment.

Iran condemned intervention as "US-backed aggression". Iran's U.N. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo said that "those who violate international law, including international humanitarian law, should be held accountable for their acts and there should be no room for impunity." Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi expressed the Iraqi government's opposition to the intervention: "This (Yemen war) can engulf the whole region in another conflict. We don't need another sectarian war in the region." The Hezbollah secretary general criticized Saudi Arabia and its allies, saying "all invaders end up being defeated".

The Chinese foreign ministry expressed in January 2016 its support for the intervention and the Hadi government, while stressing its desire for a resumption of stability in Yemen.

Somalia's government blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the killing of at least 42 Somali refugees off the Yemeni coast. Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire called the attack on a boat carrying refugees "atrocious" and "appalling".

Protesters against the US-backed Saudi-led war on Yemen were led away handcuffed by New York police outside the US mission to the UN on 11 December 2017

Asian countries including China, India, Malaysia and Pakistan, moved within days to evacuate their citizens from Yemen.

On 4 April, the ICRC called for a 24-hour humanitarian ceasefire after the coalition blocked three aid shipments to Yemen. Russia also called for "humanitarian pauses" in the coalition bombing campaign, bringing the idea before the United Nations Security Council in a 4 April emergency meeting. Saudi Arabia's UN ambassador raised questions over whether humanitarian pauses are the best way of delivering humanitarian assistance. On 7 April, China renewed calls for an immediate ceasefire.

On 10 April, the Pakistani Parliament declined a Saudi Arabian request to join the coalition. The Parliament clarified the wish to maintain a neutral diplomatic stance.

On 16 April a group of US and UK-based Yemen scholars wrote an open letter, stating that the operation was illegal under international law and calling for the UN to enforce an immediate ceasefire.

On 19 April, international aid agency Oxfam condemned SA over airstrikes it said hit one of its warehouses containing humanitarian supplies in Saada.

Aid groups came out against the air campaign: Amnesty International said some of the coalition's airstrikes "appear to have failed to take necessary precautions to minimize harm to civilians and damage to civilian objects". Reporters without Borders condemned a strike in Sanaa on 20 April that caused the deaths of four employees of Al-Yemen Al-Youm TV and injured ten others; it also condemned attacks on journalists by pro-Houthi forces.

On 4 May the UN called on the coalition to stop attacking Sanaa Airport to allow delivery of humanitarian aid. On 10 May the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen stated that the attacks on Saada province were in breach of international law. On 29 June, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denounced a coalition airstrike that had hit a UN compound in Aden the previous day and requested a full investigation.

Human Rights Watch criticized the UN Security Council repeatedly for "remaining almost silent on coalition abuses". In January 2016 an unpublished United Nations panel investigating the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen uncovered "widespread and systematic" attacks on civilian targets in violation of international humanitarian law, calling UN Security Council up for an international commission of inquiry. Saudi Arabia had previously objected to an inquiry being set up, and had not been supported by Western governments.

In February 2016 the Secretary-General of the UN (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon raised strong concerns over continued Saudi-led airstrikes, saying that "coalition air strikes in particular continue to strike hospitals, schools, mosques and civilian infrastructures" in Yemen. He urged States that are signatories to the Arms Trade Treaty to "control arms flows to actors that may use them in ways that breach of international humanitarian law".

In June 2016, Ban Ki-moon removed a Saudi-led coalition from a list of children's rights violators, saying that Saudi Arabia threatened to cut Palestinian aid and funds to other UN programs if coalition was not removed from blacklist for killing children in Yemen. According to one source, there was also a threat of "clerics in Riyadh meeting to issue a fatwa against the UN, declaring it anti-Muslim, which would mean no contacts of OIC members, no relations, contributions, support, to any UN projects, programs".

In September 2016, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was accused of blocking the UN inquiry into Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

In April 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron voiced support for the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen and defended France's arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition. France authorised $18 billion (€16 billion) in arms sales to Saudi Arabia in 2015.

Bahri Abha – the Saudi Arabian ship arrived on 10 December 2019, at the Sagunto, Valencia port, where they were faced by Spanish Control Arms campaign organizations. Since the beginning of the Yemen war, the same ship has reportedly ferried $162 million worth of US-made arms to the kingdom. The organizations of the likes of Amnesty International, FundiPau, Greenpeace and Oxfam Intermón have objected to the shipment of arms from Spanish port.

On June 15, 2020, Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, removed the Saudi-led coalition from a list of children's rights violators despite continued grave violations against children in Yemen.

Both al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Islamic State had a presence in Yemen before the Saudi-led intervention. AQAP had controlled substantial pieces of territory for some time, while Islamic State claimed for twin bombings in Sanaa the following month that killed 140 people and injured hundreds more.

The two radical groups have used the conflict to expand and consolidate, an obvious fact accepted by the Pentagon. The Houthis disengaged fighting AQAP to face rival Yemeni militias at the same time as they were being hit by coalition air strikes; A source indicates that Yemeni troops in the south remained in their bases instead of confronting al-Qaeda militants, fearing Saudi air strikes on any troop movements. There are questions about the ability of the country to confront its Islamist militancy problem due to the major infrastructure damage caused by the war.

Within weeks of the commencement of the Yemen's civil war, AQAP had exploited the chaos to capture the south-eastern port city of Mukalla, along with nearby military, transport, and economic infrastructure. A series of prison breaks by al-Qaeda—they emptied Mukalla's jail of 300 prisoners and emptied 1,200 inmates in June 2015 from the central prison in Taiz—released jailed jihadists of all ranks. Reports indicate that Yemen's prisons had, in preceding years, reportedly become "de facto jihadi academies", as veteran militants were placed in cells alongside young, regular criminals.

The coalition campaign against the Houthis in Yemen's city of Aden in July 2015 and subsequent chaos increased AQAP and Islamic State presence in the city. Residents of Aden faced a wave of bombings and shootings that prevented efforts at stabilization. AQAP conducted assassinations of judges, security officials, and police.

On 26 August 2015, Bob Semple, a British petroleum engineer who was kidnapped and held as a hostage by Al Qaeda in Yemen was freed by the UAE armed forces after 18 months of captivity.

At the start of February 2016, AQAP recaptured Azzan, an important commercial city in Shabwa province. A few weeks later, al-Qaeda fighters and Saudi-led coalition forces were seen fighting a common target; the Houthis. But the situation is different in Aden, the AQAP/ISIS and pro-Hadi that were fighting a common enemy in Taiz are enemies in Aden. On 29 February 2016, a suicide car killed 4 pro-Hadi troops in Shiek Othman district in Aden, the city that Hadi uses as a temporary capital.

The United Arab Emirates has spearheaded an active role against fighting AQAP and ISIL-YP presence in Yemen through a partnership with the United States. In April 2016, UAE armed forces assisted Yemeni forces in retaking the city of Mukalla from AQAP during the Battle of Mukalla. In August 2017, the UAE armed forces assisted a Yemeni army offensive against AQAP in Shabwah Governorate.

In an Op-Ed in The Washington Post Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the United States, described that the intervention has reduced AQAP presence in Yemen to its weakest point since 2012 with many areas previously under their control liberated. The ambassador declared that more than 2,000 militants have been removed from the battlefield, with their controlled areas now having improved security and a better delivered humanitarian and development assistance such as to the port city of Mukalla and other liberated areas. An Associated Press investigation outlined that the military coalition in Yemen actively reduced AQAP in Yemen without military intervention, instead by offering them deals and even actively recruiting them in the coalition because "they are considered as exceptional fighters". UAE Brigadier General Musallam Al Rashidi responded to the accusations by stating that Al Qaeda cannot be reasoned with and cited that multiple of his soldiers have been killed by them. The UAE military stated that accusations of allowing AQAP to leave with cash contradicts their primary objective of depriving AQAP of its financial strength. The notion of the coalition recruiting or paying AQAP has been thoroughly denied by the United States Pentagon with Colonel Robert Manning, spokesperson of the Pentagon, calling the news source "patently false". The governor of Hadramut Faraj al-Bahsani, dismissed the accusations that Al Qaeda has joined with the coalition rank, explaining that if they did there would be sleeper cells and that he would be "the first one to be killed". According to The Independent, AQAP activity on social media as well as the number of terror attacks conducted by them has decreased since the Emirati intervention.

In January 2019, CNN stated that Saudi Arabia and the UAE provided al-Qaeda linked groups in Yemen with US-made military equipment including vehicles.

On 25 June 2019, Saudi special forces announced that they captured the leader of the ISIL-YP, Abu Osama al-Muhajer, on the 3 June along with other members including the chief financial officer of the organization.

In April 2020, Yemeni journalist Salah Bin Laghbar revealed documents showing cooperation between Saudi-led coalition and al-Qaeda in Yemen; "An official document from the al-Humiqani tribe warns Saudi-led coalition against sending weapons to terrorist organizations through the Al-Rashad Party, Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist Abdul Rahman Abu al-Harith al-Humiqani, who is affiliated with Daesh."

Registration of Indian citizens evacuating from Yemen, March 2015

On 25 March 2015, Gulf Air, the Bahraini flag carrier airline announced the immediate suspension of service to Sanaʽa. Somali airlines such as Daallo Airlines and Jubba Airways also encountered difficulties, as they were unable to fly over Yemen after its airspace became restricted. On 15 April 2015, Turkish Airlines suspended all Yemen flights until 1 June.

Following Hadi's request, the administration of the Egypt-based Nilesat and Saudi-based Arabsat, two satellite communication companies, stopped broadcasting Yemeni state-run television channels that had fallen under Houthi control. The channels included Al-Yemen, Al-Eman, Saba News Agency and Aden TV. Armed Houthis closed down the Sanaʽa offices of four media outlets, including Al Jazeera, Yemen Shabab and Suhail channels, as well as Al-Masdar's newspaper and website. Al-Saeeda channel was also stormed, but was allowed to remain open on the condition it not broadcast anti-Houthi material. Houthi Political Office member Mohammad Al-Bukhaiti said the channels were closed for supporting the coalition.

King Salman replaced his half-brother Muqrin as crown prince with Muhammad bin Nayef and named his son Mohammed bin Salman as defence minister, and then-Ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir as foreign minister. Some reports linked the cabinet reshuffle to the war. At least one political analyst suggested that Muqrin was not supportive of the military intervention, and that this cost him his position. Prince Muqrin's Yemeni Lineage was pointed out as another possible cause.

The exiled Yemeni government sent a request to the UN, asking for foreign troops on the ground.

On 19 June 2015, WikiLeaks announced the intention of releasing over 500,000 Saudi diplomatic documents to the internet. In its statement, WikiLeaks referred to a recent electronic attack on the Saudi Foreign Ministry by a group calling itself the Yemen Cyber Army, but did not indicate whether they passed the documents to WikiLeaks.

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Main article: Yemeni peace process

Cease fire talks

On 15 May 2015, new UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed proposed peace talks in Geneva. Rebel spokesman Hamed al-Bokheiti said the Houthis were willing to hold talks in any "neutral" country. Five days later the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon announced that peace talks would be held in Geneva starting on 28 May and urged all parties to participate. Houthi rebels reiterated their support for the talks while exiled government officials said they would participate only if the Houthi's withdrew from occupied cities.

On 26 May, Ban announced that the peace talks were to be postponed indefinitely after exiled Yemeni officials refused to attend until rebels withdrew from all occupied cities. On 6 June the UN announced that peace talks would take place on 14 June Both the exiled officials and the Houthi group confirmed their attendance.

15–19 June 2015 talks

Secretary-General Ban called for a "humanitarian pause" during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Peace talks between the exiled government and the Houthis concluded in Geneva without reaching a ceasefire.

Ramadan peace agreement

On 4 July 2015, Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam said in a post on his Facebook page that he had met Ahmed on Friday to discuss a Ramadan truce. The US and EU announced their support for a humanitarian truce.

On 9 July, the UN announced an unconditional truce between 10 July until the end of Eid ul Fitr on 17 July. The Special Envoy to Yemen assured the agreement of all warring factions. The truce was interrupted within an hour by airstrikes. Coalition spokesman later added that the coalition was not bound by the truce and that any truce would be counterproductive. It later added that it was not requested to pause by the exiled Yemeni Government.

Further peace talks

On 8 September 2015, Vice News revealed a leaked email by UN Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. In it, the envoy confirms that Houthi rebels and the party of former president and Houthi ally Ali Abdullah Saleh have expressed willingness to accept—with some reservations—a UN Security Council resolution, approved in April. This demanded the rebels "withdraw their forces from all areas they have seized, including the capital, Sanaa". "AA/GPC agreed to a new wording on UNSC resolution 2216 that states unequivocally that they are committed to the implementation of 2216 (see document attached) with the exception of article which infringe on Yemeni sovereignty and those related to sanctions," wrote Ould Cheikh Ahmed, referring to Ansar Allah (AA)—another name for the Houthis—and Saleh's General People's Congress party (GPC). "In addition, the new text includes acceptance of the return of the current government for a period of 60 days during which a government of national unity shall be formed," wrote the envoy in the email. According to Ould Cheikh Ahmed, during talks, the Houthis gave ground on certain language, including "mandatory support by the international community for reconstruction that was in the earlier version". "The latter was particularly opposed by KSA Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and GCC Gulf Cooperation Council who did not want it to be interpreted as a form of mandatory compensation," added the UN envoy.

On 10 September, UN Envoy to Yemen announced that all parties had agreed to peace talks. A statement from Hadi's office following a meeting on the issue of new talks affirmed the president's "complete support for the sincere efforts exerted by the special envoy". It urged Ahmed to "exert efforts to achieve the public and honest commitment on the part of the Houthis and Saleh" to implement 14 April council resolution unconditionally. On 13 September, the exiled Yemeni government announced that it would no longer participate in the peace talks.

2016 talks

On 18 April, peace talks aimed at ending Yemen's civil war that were set to begin faltered before they could start, when delegates representing Yemen's Houthi rebels refused to attend.

On 20 April, talks convened, based on UN Security Council resolution 2216 which called for the Houthi fighters to withdraw from areas they seized since 2014 and hand heavy weapons back to the government.

On 6 August, the UN special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, announced the suspension in Kuwait, where the talks were being held. He said that the negotiations were not a failure and that they would resume in a month at an undisclosed location. Mr. Ahmed is the second United Nations envoy to try to broker peace talks between the Houthis and other factions in Yemen since March 2015. His predecessor quit after similar peace talk efforts failed. After the breakdown of the talks, one of the Houthi negotiators, Nasser Bagazgooz, blamed the United Nations envoy for seeking what he said amounted to a military solution on behalf of the Saudi-led coalition. Previous negotiations floated the idea of forming a unity government—composed of Houthi and former Hadi government leaders. But the exiled Hadi leaders have consistently rejected any deal that would diminish their power over Yemen, and the Houthis have said that they will reject any deal that does not give them a seat at the table.

November ceasefire

The Saudi-led military coalition and Houthis (Ansar Allah) arrived at a swift ceasefire agreement effective 17 November 2016, as a result of efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry and Omani dignitaries.

2020 ceasefire in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

After the United Nations urged both sides to pursue peace talks in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Yemen, Saudi-led coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki called a unilateral ceasefire beginning 9 April at noon, to support efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite pledging ceasefire in Yemen, Saudi-led coalition carried out dozens of airstrikes in the span of a week. The Yemen Data Project stated that at least 106 Saudi-led airstrikes, across 26 raids in Yemen had been carried out by the Kingdom in just one week. On July 2, coalition fighter jets launched scores of airstrikes on several Yemeni provinces. The operation was a response to ballistic missile and drone launchings by the Houthis against Saudi Arabia. Both sides stepped up their attacks in September.

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Saudi Arabian led intervention in Yemen Language Watch Edit Main article Yemeni Civil War 2014 present This article may be too long to read and navigate comfortably The readable prose size is 440 kilobytes Please consider splitting content into sub articles condensing it or adding subheadings Please discuss this issue on the article s talk page October 2021 The Saudi Arabian led intervention in Yemen is an intervention launched by Saudi Arabia on 26 March 2015 leading a coalition of nine countries from West Asia and North Africa responding to calls from the president of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi for military support after he was ousted by the Houthi movement despite the progress in the political transition led by the United Nations at that time The conflict ignited between the government forces the Houthi rebels and other armed groups after the draft constitution and power sharing arrangements collapsed leading to an escalation of violence in mid 2014 The Houthis and allied units of the armed forces seized control of Sana a and other parts of the country in September 2014 and in the following months This prompted president Saleh to ask Saudi Arabia to intervene against the Iranian backed Houthis Saudi Arabian led intervention in YemenPart of the Yemeni Civil War and the Iran Saudi Arabia proxy conflictAn airstrike in Sanaʽa on 11 May 2015 Military situation in Yemen on 8 April 2021 Controlled by the Revolutionary Committee Controlled by the Hadi led government and allies Controlled by Southern Transitional Council Controlled by Ansar al Sharia and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ISIL Controlled by local non aligned forces See also a detailed map Date26 March 2015 ongoing 6 years 7 months 1 week and 4 days Operation Decisive Storm 26 March 21 April 2015 3 weeks and 6 days Operation Restoring Hope 22 April 2015 present 6 years 6 months 2 weeks and 1 day LocationYemenStatusOngoingBelligerentsSaudi Arabia 1 United Arab Emirates 2 3 4 Sudan 2015 19 2 Bahrain 2 Kuwait 2 5 Qatar 2015 17 2 Egypt 2 6 Jordan 2 Morocco 2015 19 2 7 Senegal 8 soldiers not yet deployed in 2016 9 Academi contractors 10 2015 16 11 Saudi paid Yemeni mercenaries 12 Supported by United States 13 14 15 U S Navy 16 logistic support and assistance with the naval blockade 17 18 of Houthi held territories in October 2016 United States Army 19 Special Forces United Kingdom training intelligence logistical support weapons and blockade up to 2017 20 21 22 23 Al Qaeda 24 25 26 denied by United States 27 In support of Cabinet of Yemen National Army pro Hadi 28 Yemeni Air Force Popular Resistance Committee Non state co belligerents Al Islah Hirak Al Qaeda 29 30 Islamic State of Iraq and the LevantRevolutionary Committee Supreme Political Council Houthis Yemen Army pro Saleh and Houthis 2015 17 Yemeni Republican Guard 2015 17 Commanders and leadersSalman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Mohammed bin Salman Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Until Aug 2020 Mutlaq bin Salem bin Mutlaq Al Azima 31 Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani 2015 17 Abdel Fattah el Sisi Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan 2015 19 Abdullah II Mohamed VI 2015 19 Macky Sall Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi Mohammed al Maqdashi Gen Ali al Ahmar 32 Gen Abd Rabbo Hussein 33 Gen Ahmad Al Yafei 34 Mohammed Ali al Houthi Mahdi al Mashat from 2018 Saleh Ali al Sammad Hussein Khairan until 2016 Mohamed al Atifi from 2016 Abdul Malik al HouthiStrength100 warplanes and 150 000 troops 35 30 warplanes 36 4 warplanes citation needed and 15 000 troops 37 15 warplanes 38 300 troops 39 15 warplanes 38 10 warplanes 1 000 troops 38 40 until 2017 4 warships 41 and warplanes 42 6 warplanes 38 6 warplanes 1 500 troops 38 43 2 100 troops 8 soldiers not yet deployed in 2016 9 Academi 1 800 security contractors 44 150 000 200 000 fighters 45 200 000 250 000 Republican Guard 100 000 Popular Committees 100 000Casualties and losses1 000 46 3 000 47 soldiers killed by 2016 10 captured 48 108 130 soldiers killed 49 50 1 000 4 000 soldiers killed 51 52 9 soldiers killed 53 54 1 F 16 crashed 55 4 soldiers killed 56 57 10 soldiers killed 58 59 1 F 16 shot down 60 59 1 F 16 lost 61 Academi 71 mercenaries killed 11 UnknownThousands killed Aljazeera as of May 2018 62 11 000 killed Arab Coalition claim as of Dec 2017 63 12 907 Yemeni civilians killed 1 980 women and 2 768 children per the LCRD 8 672 civilians killed and 9 741 injured by coalition s airstrikes per Yemen Data Project 64 500 Saudi civilians killed on the Saudi Yemen border August 2016 65 66 91 600 killed overall in the Yemeni Civil War 67 Code named Operation Decisive Storm Arabic عملية عاصفة الحزم Amaliyyat Aṣifat al Ḥazm the intervention initially consisted of a bombing campaign on Houthi rebels and later a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces into Yemen 68 The Saudi led coalition has attacked the positions of the Houthi militia and loyalists of the former President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh supported by Iran see Iran Saudi Arabia proxy conflict Fighter jets and ground forces from Egypt Morocco Jordan Sudan the United Arab Emirates Kuwait Qatar Bahrain and Academi formerly called Blackwater took part in the operation Djibouti Eritrea and Somalia made their airspace territorial waters and military bases available to the coalition 69 The United States provided intelligence and logistical support including aerial refueling and search and rescue for downed coalition pilots 13 70 It also accelerated the sale of weapons to coalition states 71 and continued strikes against AQAP In January 2016 the Saudi foreign minister said that US and British military officials were in the command and control centre responsible for Saudi led air strikes in Yemen having access to lists of targets but were not involved in choosing targets 72 73 74 The war received widespread criticism and had a dramatic worsening effect on Yemen s humanitarian situation that reached the level of a humanitarian disaster 23 or humanitarian catastrophe 75 The question of whether or not the intervention is in compliance with Article 2 4 of the UN Charter has been the matter of academic dispute 76 77 78 The conflict s status was described a military stalemate in 2019 79 The global COVID 19 pandemic is said to have given Saudi Arabia an opportunity to review its interests in Yemen 80 In early 2020 it was said that Saudi Arabia was searching for an exit strategy amid the COVID 19 pandemic and military defeats 81 Contents 1 Background 2 Operation Decisive Storm 2 1 Air campaign 2 1 1 March 2015 2 1 2 April 2015 2 2 Naval role 2 3 Ground clashes 3 Operation Restoring Hope 3 1 Airstrikes 3 1 1 Aircraft losses 3 2 Cross border fighting 3 3 Ground combat 3 4 Naval involvement 3 5 Scale and participation of Saudi led coalition members 4 Reports of war crimes 4 1 Declaring the entire governorate of Sa ada a military target 4 2 Attacks on facilities run by aid organizations 4 3 Targeting of wounded and medical personnel 4 4 Usage of cluster munitions 4 5 Calls for international independent investigations 4 6 Alleged use of white phosphorus 4 7 UAE secret prisons 4 8 Use of child soldiers 5 Foreign involvement 6 Overall airstrike casualties 6 1 Civilian airstrike casualties 7 Killed journalists and media workers 8 Infrastructure damage and humanitarian situation 8 1 Timeline 8 2 Saada 8 3 Sanaʽa 8 4 Internally Displaced Persons IDP 8 5 Starvation and diseases 9 Operation costs 10 Responses 10 1 In Yemen 10 1 1 Opposition 10 1 2 Support 10 2 Saudi Arabia 10 2 1 Opposition 10 2 2 Support 10 3 Other coalition countries 10 3 1 Bahrain 10 3 2 Egypt 10 3 3 Kuwait 10 4 International 11 Al Qaeda and Islamic State 12 Other effects 13 Peace efforts 13 1 Cease fire talks 13 2 15 19 June 2015 talks 13 3 Ramadan peace agreement 13 4 Further peace talks 13 5 2016 talks 13 6 2020 ceasefire in response to the COVID 19 pandemic 14 See also 15 ReferencesBackground EditSee also Houthi insurgency in Yemen and Aftermath of the Houthi takeover in Yemen Saudi backed Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi running unopposed as the only candidate for president won the 2012 Yemeni elections 82 Since August 2014 the Houthis or Ansar Allah a Zaidi Shia movement and militant group backed by Iran dissatisfied with Hadi government s decisions and the new constitution arranged mass protests which culminated into their takeover of the Yemeni government in 2015 declaring victory of the revolution and drafting a new constitution when the term of Hadi s provisional government had already expired Saudi Arabia and other countries denounced this as an unconstitutional coup d etat 83 The Houthis were supported by sections of the Yemeni armed forces loyal to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh who was removed from power as part of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and ironically assassinated later on by his Houthi allies 84 85 By September 2014 Houthi fighters captured Sanaʽa toppling Hadi s government Soon after a peace deal known as the Peace and Partnership Agreement was sealed between the Hadi government and the Houthis but was not honored by either party The deal was drafted with the intent of defining a power sharing government A conflict over a draft constitution resulted in the Houthis consolidating control over the Yemeni capital in January 2015 After resigning from his post alongside his prime minister and remaining under virtual house arrest for one month Hadi fled to Aden in southern Yemen in February 86 87 Upon arriving in Aden Hadi withdrew his resignation saying that the actions of the Houthis from September 2014 had amounted to a coup against him 88 89 By 25 March forces answering to Sanaʽa were rapidly closing in on Aden which Hadi had declared to be Yemen s temporary capital 90 During the Houthis southern offensive Saudi Arabia began a military buildup on its border with Yemen 91 In response a Houthi commander boasted that his troops would counterattack against any Saudi aggression and would not stop until they had taken Riyadh the Saudi capital 92 On 25 March Hadi called on the UN Security Council to authorise willing countries that wish to help Yemen to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression 93 Yemen s foreign minister Riad Yassin requested military assistance from the Arab League on 25 March amid reports that Hadi had fled his provisional capital 94 95 On 26 March Saudi state TV station Al Ekhbariya TV reported that Hadi arrived at a Riyadh airbase and was met by Saudi Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud His route from Aden to Riyadh was not immediately known 96 At a summit of the Arab League held in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt on 28 29 March President Hadi again repeated his calls for international intervention in the fighting A number of League members pledged their support to Hadi s government during that meeting 97 98 Operation Decisive Storm EditAccording to the Saudi news outlet Al Arabiya Saudi Arabia contributed 100 warplanes and 150 000 soldiers to the military operation Reuters indicated that planes from Egypt Morocco Jordan Sudan Kuwait the United Arab Emirates Qatar and Bahrain were taking part 99 100 Egypt had previously sent four warships supporting the Saudi naval blockade 101 The UAE contributed 30 fighter jets Kuwait sent 15 understood to be three squadrons of F A 18 Hornet aircraft 102 Bahrain sent 15 Qatar 10 Jordan and Morocco six each and Sudan four 38 103 104 The operation was declared over on 21 April 2015 105 Air campaign Edit March 2015 Edit In March 2015 in a joint statement the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council with the exception of Oman said they had decided to intervene against the Houthis at the request of Hadi s government 106 The coalition declared Yemeni airspace to be a restricted area with King Salman declaring the RSAF to be in full control of the zone 38 Saudi Arabia began airstrikes reportedly relying on US intelligence reports and surveillance images to select and hit targets including weapons aircraft 107 on the ground and air defences 108 Al Jazeera reported that Mohammed Ali al Houthi a Houthi commander appointed in February as president of the Revolutionary Committee was injured and three other Houthi commanders were killed by airstrikes in Sanaʽa 109 Strikes on 26 March also hit Al Anad Air Base a former US special operations forces facility in Lahij Governorate seized by Houthis earlier in the week 110 The targets reportedly included the Houthi controlled missile base in Sanaʽa and its fuel depot 2 Strikes overnight also targeted Houthis in Taiz and Sa dah Thousands demonstrated in Sanaʽa against the intervention which ex president Ali Abdullah Saleh also condemned In Taiz thousands came out supporting Hadi and Saudi Arabia 111 The scope of strikes expanded further on 27 March with a radar installation in the Marib Governorate and an airbase in the Abyan Governorate coming under air attack The commander of the operation dismissed reports of civilian casualties saying airstrikes were being carried out with precision 112 Additional strikes early on the next day hit targets in Al Hudaydah Sa dah and the Sanaʽa area as well as Ali Abdullah Saleh s main base Rumours indicated Saleh fled to Sanhan on the outskirts of the Houthi controlled capital 113 An Aden government official said Saudi strikes destroyed a long range missile facility controlled by the Houthis 114 The Houthis claimed to have shot down a Sudanese Air Force plane over northern Sanaʽa and captured its pilot on 28 March The Sudanese government denied that any of its four warplanes had come under fire or been shot down 103 On the previous day the Houthis claimed to have shot down a hostile Saudi drone in Sanaʽa 115 Airstrikes hit an arms depot military airbase and special forces headquarters in Sanaʽa early on 29 March A weapons depot outside Sanaʽa was destroyed causing damage to an airport and planes on the ground Sa dah and Al Hudaydah were targeted as well Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri the coalition s spokesman said Saudi artillery and Apache attack helicopters were mobilised to deter Houthi fighters massing on the border with Saudi Arabia 116 On 30 March at least 40 people including children were killed and 200 were injured 117 by an airstrike that hit Al Mazraq refugee camp near a military installation in northern district of Haradh international organizations said Airstrikes also hit areas near the presidential palace in Sanaʽa 118 as well as Aden International Airport 119 Food storage of Yemen Economic Corporation in Hodeidah was destroyed by three coalition strikes on 31 March 120 Airstrikes were not limited to the Yemeni mainland Missiles struck homes on the island of Perim according to residents who fled by boat to Djibouti 121 April 2015 Edit Destruction in Sana a after air strike on 20 April 2015 Destruction in the residential neighborhoods near mountain Attan Destroyed shopping center Dozens of casualties came from an explosion in a dairy and oil factory in Al Hudaydah which was variously blamed on an airstrike or a rocket from a nearby military base on 1 April Medical sources reported 25 deaths while the Yemen Army said 37 were killed and 80 wounded 122 Airstrikes also hit targets in Sa dah on 1 April 123 Despite persistent airstrikes Houthi and allied units continued to advance on central Aden backed by tanks and heavy artillery 124 125 Houthis seized the presidential palace on 2 April but reportedly withdrew after overnight air raids early the next day 126 Coalition planes also airdropped weapons and medical aid to pro Hadi fighters in Aden 127 The International Committee of the Red Cross announced on 5 April that it had received permission from the coalition to fly medical supplies and aid workers into Sanaʽa and was awaiting permission to send a surgical team by boat to Aden The coalition said it had set up a special body to coordinate aid deliveries to Yemen 128 On 6 April airstrikes began before sunset and struck targets in western Sanaʽa Sa dah and the Ad Dali Governorate a supply route for Houthis in the Battle of Aden 129 Airstrikes on 7 April hit a Republican Guard base in the Ibb Governorate injuring 25 troops Yemeni sources claimed three children at a nearby school were killed by the attack 130 while six were injured 131 The Parliament of Pakistan voted against military action on 10 April despite a request from Saudi Arabia that it join the coalition 132 Airstrikes launched on 12 April against the base of the 22nd Brigade of the Yemeni Republican Guard in the Taiz Governorate struck both the brigade and a nearby village inhabited by members of the Al Akhdam minority community killing eight civilians and injuring more than ten others 133 On 17 April both the GCC coalition s spokesman called by Saudi broadcaster Al Ehkbariya TV and a commander of the pro Hadi rebels on the ground said airstrikes had intensified focusing on both Sanaʽa and Taiz 134 One strike on the Republican Palace in Taiz killed 19 pro Houthi gunmen 135 Ethnoreligious groups in 2002 Zaydi Shi a followers make up between 35 and 42 1 of Muslims in Yemen 136 Naval role Edit Egypt and Saudi Arabia committed warships to support coalition operations 137 Somalia offered its airspace and territorial waters 69 Four Egyptian Navy vessels steamed toward the Gulf of Aden after operations began 110 Riyadh requested access to Somali airspace and waters to carry out operations 138 On 27 March the Egyptian military said a squadron of Egyptian and Saudi warships took up positions at the Bab al Mandab strait 112 The Saudi military threatened to destroy any ship attempting to make port 139 The Royal Saudi Navy evacuated diplomats and United Nations staff from Aden to Jeddah on 28 March 140 Witnesses told Reuters that Egyptian warships bombarded Houthi positions as they attempted to advance on Aden on 30 March 141 Warships again fired on Houthi positions at Aden International Airport on or about 1 April 123 Djibouti foreign minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf said the Houthis placed heavy weapons and fast attack boats on Perim and a smaller island in the Bab al Mandab strait He warned that the prospect of a war in the strait of Bab al Mandab is a real one and said the weapons posed a big danger to his country commercial shipping traffic and military vessels He called on the coalition to clear the islands which he said included missiles and long range cannons 142 On 4 April Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi called protecting Red Sea shipping and securing the Bab al Mandab a top priority for Egypt s national security 143 On 15 April coalition spokesman Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Al Asiri said that its warships were focusing on protecting shipping routes and screening ships heading to port for shipments intended for the Houthis 144 The US Navy provided support to the naval blockade halting and searching vessels suspected of carrying Iranian arms to the Houthis 145 On 21 April the United States announced it was deploying warships to Yemeni waters to monitor Iranian ships 146 The US in particular noted a convoy of Iranian vessels which US authorities said could potentially be carrying weapons to Houthi fighters in contravention of UN sanctions 147 The US reported that the Iranian convoy reversed course on 23 April 148 Ground clashes Edit Sudan said it was stationing ground troops in Saudi Arabia 149 The Special Forces of the Bahrain Defence Force Taskforce 11 were also deployed to Yemen 150 Between 31 March and April Saudi and Houthi forces reportedly traded artillery and rocket fire across the border between SA and Yemen 119 151 A Saudi border guard was killed on 2 April the campaign s first confirmed coalition casualty 152 Followed by another two soldiers killed the next day 153 An Egyptian truck driver was killed by Houthi shelling 154 SA reportedly began removing sections of the Saudi Yemen barrier fence along its border with the Sa dah and Hajjah governorates on 3 April The purpose of the removal was not immediately clear 155 On 12 April members of the Takhya tribe launched an attack on a Saudi base after several of its members died in an airstrike Weapons and ammunition were taken 156 157 158 On 19 April as Houthi leader Abdul Malek El Houthi accused SA of planning to invade Yemen 159 Asiri claimed that coalition forces had information regarding a planned Houthi incursion into SA 160 A Saudi border guard died on 19 April and two others were injured from gunfire and mortar shelling across the border 161 Operation Restoring Hope Edit King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir meet with U S Secretary of State John Kerry in September 2015 On 21 April the Saudi Defence Ministry declared it was ending the campaign of airstrikes because it had successfully eliminated the threat to its security posed by Houthi ballistic and heavy weaponry 162 It announced the start of a new phase codenamed Operation Restoring Hope 163 In a televised address Hadi said the end of airstrikes had come at his request and thanked the Arab coalition for their support 164 Earlier that day King Salman ordered the Saudi National Guard to join the military operation 165 Air and naval strikes continued despite the announcement that Decisive Storm had ended Both the Omani 166 and Iranian 164 167 governments said they welcomed the end of airstrikes On 22 April Oman presented a seven point peace deal to both parties The proposed peace treaty entailed the reinstatement of Hadi s government and the evacuation of Houthi fighters from major cities 166 On 8 May Saudi Arabia announced a five day ceasefire set to start on 12 May 168 following heavy pressure from the US 169 Later in the day Saudi airplanes dropped leaflets in the Saada Governorate warning of airstrikes throughout the area 170 Houthi spokesman Mohamed al Bukhaiti later told the BBC that the ceasefire had not been formally proposed and the Houthis would not respond until a plan was properly laid out 171 A spokesman for the Houthi aligned military announced agreement to the ceasefire plan on 10 May although he warned that a breach of the truce would prompt a military response 172 On 13 May humanitarian agencies said they were trying to get aid into Yemen after a five day ceasefire took effect on Tuesday night Ships carrying humanitarian supplies docked at the Houthi controlled Red Sea port of Hudaydah as planes were standing by to help evacuate the injured 173 Meanwhile King Salman doubled his country s Yemen aid pledge to 540 million funds the UN said would meet the life saving and protection needs of 7 5 million people affected 174 Airstrikes Edit At the operation s announcement coalition leadership stressed that their campaign would attempt a political solution and that they would continue the air and naval blockade 175 Airstrikes resumed almost immediately following the coalition s announcement of the end of Operation Decisive Storm 176 On 22 April airstrikes continued in Taiz where an army base was hit shortly after Houthi fighters took it over 177 and Aden where an airstrike targeted Houthi tanks moving into a contested district 178 among other locations such as Al Hudaydah and Ibb 179 The Houthis continued to fight for territory 177 with a Houthi spokesman saying the group would be prepared for peace talks on the condition of a complete halt of attacks The previous round of UN sponsored talks collapsed after Houthi rebels attacked Hadi s residence in Sanaʽa 180 By 26 April coalition forces were striking what they described as Houthi military targets in Sanaʽa and Aden and in other locations notably in Sa ada province near the Saudi border nearly every night 181 182 On 26 April after midnight airstrikes struck Houthi and pro Saleh positions and targets in and around Sanaʽa Aden and the Marib and Ad Dali governorates backing up anti Houthi fighters in the latter three locations with more than 90 rebels reportedly killed 183 Coalition warships shelled fighters near Aden s commercial port Saudi warplanes also targeted Houthis in the Sa dah Governorate while Saudi artillery fired on targets in the Hajjah Governorate along the border 184 The Saudi National Guard was deployed on the border 185 On 28 April Sanaʽa International Airport was bombed 186 by Saudi F 15 fighters to prevent an Iranian plane 187 belonging to Iranian Red Crescent Society IRCS from landing while it was approaching to land The fighters had warned the plane to turn back in an unsuccessful attempt to thwart its landing but the Iranian pilot ignored the illegal warnings saying that on the basis of international law his plane did not need further permission to land 188 On the night of 6 May 2015 the Saudi led coalition carried out 130 airstrikes in Yemen in a 24 hour period At first coalition spokesperson Ahmed Asiri admitted that schools and hospitals were targeted but claimed that these were used as weapon storage sites Asiri later claimed that his words had been mistranslated The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Johannes Van Der Klaauw said that these bombings constituted a war crime The indiscriminate bombing of populated areas with or without prior warning is a contravention international humanitarian law he said He continued to say that he was particularly concerned about airstrikes on Saada where scores of civilians were reportedly killed and thousands were forced to flee their homes after the coalition declared the entire governate a military target 189 Saudi foreign minister Adel al Jubeir announced a five day ceasefire in Yemen 8 May 2015 The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Saudi charge d affaires and the Iranian Parliament and the Iranian Red Crescent Society blasted Saudi Arabia for blocking Iranian humanitarian aid 190 191 The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA strongly urged the coalition to stop targeting airports and seaports so that aid could reach all Yemenis 192 193 ICRC and Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF also known as Doctors Without Borders said that they were extremely concerned about damage to the airports at Sanaa and to the port city of Hodeidah 192 Overnight on 29 and 30 April SA was reported to have airdropped arms to anti Houthi fighters in Taiz 194 On 30 April airstrikes hit five provinces 194 New airstrikes hit SIA completely halting aid deliveries 195 An airstrike in Sanaʽa 11 May 2015 On 6 May coalition airstrikes targeted the Police Training Center in the Dhamar Governorate damaging nearby houses 196 meanwhile the civil aviation authority announced it would re open the airport to receive aid 197 Coalition airstrikes targeted the houses of Saleh in Sanaʽa in the early hours of 10 May eyewitnesses said Khabar a Yemeni news agency allied with Saleh said that the former president and his family were unharmed 198 The Moroccan government said on 10 May that one of its General Dynamics F 16 Fighting Falcon aircraft taking part in the air campaign went missing in action over Yemen along with its pilot 199 The Houthis claimed responsibility with Yemeni state TV broadcasting a report on the jet being downed by tribal militias over the Sa dah Governorate and showing images of the wreckage 200 On 18 May Saudi led airstrikes reportedly resumed on Houthi positions after a humanitarian ceasefire expired late on Sunday Three coalition airstrikes hit Sa ada on Monday Yemen s exiled Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin blamed the rebel group for the renewal of hostilities Al Arabiya said Saudi forces shelled Houthi outposts along Yemen s northern border after the fighters fired mortars at a Saudi army post in Najran province 201 On 23 May OCHA reported that airstrikes continued in the northern governorates of Sa ada Baqim Haydan Saqayn and As Safra and Hajjah Abs Hayran Haradh Huth Kuhlan Affar and Sahar districts The road connecting Haradh and Huth districts was reportedly hit Airstrikes were also reported in Al Jawf Governorate Bart Al Anan district 202 On 27 May airstrikes hit a police station in the capital Sanaʽa killing 45 officers 203 The Houthi controlled Ministry of Health announced that in total 96 people were killed On 3 June the residence of a Houthi leader in Ibb province was hit by an airstrike according to eyewitnesses 204 Destruction in the south of Sana a 12 June 2015 Destroyed house Destroyed car On 12 June Saudi jets bombed the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sanaʽa Old City killing at least six people and destroying some of the ancient buildings UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said in a statement that she is profoundly distressed by the loss of human lives as well as by damage inflicted on one of the world s oldest jewels of Islamic urban landscape Locals also condemned the action 205 On 23 September 2015 the Saudi led coalition destroyed a ceramics factory in the town of Matnah One civilian was killed and others were wounded According to the BBC the bomb is believed to have been produced in the United Kingdom by GEC Marconi Dynamics 206 The factory s owner Ghalib al Sawary told the BBC We built it over 20 years but to destroy it took only twenty minutes 207 Campaigners say this attack was a violation of the laws of war On 26 October 2015 Medecins Sans Frontieres reported that a coalition airstrike had completely destroyed a hospital they ran in Saada province s Haydan governorate including the operating room When the first strike hit an unused part of the hospital the facility was completely evacuated so there were no direct casualties A spokesman for the coalition forces Brig Gen Ahmed al Asiri denied responsibility for the attack 208 With the hospital destroyed at least 200 000 people now have no access to lifesaving medical care MSF said This attack is another illustration of a complete disregard for civilians in Yemen where bombings have become a daily routine said Hassan Boucenine MSF head of mission in Yemen The GPS coordinates of the only hospital in the Haydan district were regularly shared with the Saudi led coalition and the roof of the facility was clearly identified with the MSF logo he said 209 UNICEF said the hospital in Saada was the 39th health center hit in Yemen since March when the violence escalated More children in Yemen may well die from a lack of medicines and healthcare than from bullets and bombs its executive director Anthony Lake said in a statement He added that critical shortages of fuel medication electricity and water could mean many more will close Amnesty International said the strike may amount to a war crime and called for an independent investigation 210 211 In February 2016 the Saudis bombed the ancient citadel of Kawkaban killing seven civilians 212 On 8 October 2016 Saudi led airstrikes targeted a hall in Sanaʽa where a funeral was taking place At least 140 people were killed and about 600 were wounded According to The Independent one rescuer said The place has been turned into a lake of blood 213 After initially denying it was behind the attack the Coalition s Joint Incidents Assessment Team admitted that it had bombed the hall but claimed that this attack had been a mistake caused by bad information 214 After this attack US national security spokesperson said that the US government was deeply disturbed by the bombing and added that US support for the Saudi led coalition was not a blank cheque He added we have initiated an immediate review of our already significantly reduced support to the Saudi led Coalition 213 The United Nations humanitarian co ordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said he was shocked and outraged by the horrific bombing This violence against civilians in Yemen must stop he said 213 On the night of 15 February 2017 the Saudi led coalition bombed a funeral reception near Sanaa Initial reports suggest the bombing killed nine women and one child with ten more women reported wounded People heard the sound of planes and started running from the house but then the bombs hit the house directly The roof collapsed and there was blood was everywhere a resident of the village told a Reuters news agency cameraman 215 An explosion in a warehouse on Sunday 7 April 2019 in Sanaa have killed at least 11 civilians including school children and left more than 39 people wounded The Associated Press news agency said 13 killed including 7 children and more than 100 were wounded According to Al Jazeera and Houthi officials the civilians were killed in a Saudi led coalition airstrike 216 The Saudi led coalition denied any airstrikes took place that day on Sanaa The state run news agency in Aden aligned with the internationally recognized government said the rebels had stored weapons at the warehouse According to The Washington Post some families and residents of the district of Sawan said the explosion occurred after a fire erupted inside the warehouse They said a fire sent columns of white smoke rising into the air followed by the explosion Their accounts were confirmed by several videos filmed by bystanders 217 218 Aircraft losses Edit Main article List of aviation shootdowns and accidents during the Saudi Arabian led intervention in Yemen Cross border fighting Edit Main article Houthi Saudi Arabian conflict Ground combat Edit See also Battle of Aden 2015 and Taiz Campaign On 3 April CNN cited an unnamed Saudi source who claimed that Saudi special forces were on the ground in and around Aden coordinating and guiding the resistance 219 The Saudi government officially declined to comment on whether it had special forces with Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel al Jubeir saying on 2 April that Saudi Arabia had no formal troops in Aden 155 The Battle of Aden came to an end with pro Hadi forces again seized control of Aden port and moving into the city s commercial center 220 221 On 22 July pro Hadi forces had retaken full control of Aden and the Aden Airport was reopened In late July an offensive launched by pro Hadi forces drove Houthi forces out of the towns neighboring Aden 2 On 4 September a Houthi OTR 21 Tochka missile hit an ammunition dump at a military base in Safer in Ma rib Governorate killing 52 UAE 10 Saudi and 5 Bahraini soldiers The Safer base was being built up by coalition forces for a push against Sanaa 222 223 224 It was the deadliest single attack on coalition soldiers since the start of its operation against Houthi rebels in March Asseri said 225 The attacked was the highest casualty loss in the history of the UAE military 226 Qatar deployed 1000 troops to Yemen after the incident 227 By 8 September it was reported that the Saudi led forces deployed in Yemen exceeded 10 000 troops and included 30 AH 64 Apache attack helicopters 228 On 14 December media reported a Houthi amp Saleh Forces missile attack at a Saudi military camp south west of the besieged city of Taiz 229 230 while sources confirmed the killings of over 150 coalition soldiers including 23 Saudi troops 9 UAE officers and soldiers 7 Moroccan soldiers and 42 Blackwater troops 231 232 On 19 December 2015 reported clashes leaves over 40 Houthi rebels and 35 government loyalists dead with dozens wounded on both sides 233 In June 2018 anti Houthi forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates assaulted the port of Hudaydah 234 in an effort to dislodge Houthi forces 235 Naval involvement Edit Main article Blockade of Yemen Estimated fuel needs in Yemen and monthly fuel imports 236 237 238 239 Saudi Arabia faced growing criticism for the Saudi led naval and air blockade which effectively isolated the country 240 A military source and pro Hadi militiamen told the AFP on 26 April that coalition warships were participating in the shelling of Aden 241 On 30 April the Iranian navy announced it had deployed two destroyers to the Gulf of Aden to ensure the safety of commercial ships of our country against the threat of pirates according to a rear admiral 242 According to the same source the deployment was scheduled to last until mid June Iran s deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told state run Tasnim News Agency that others will not be allowed to put our shared security at risk with military adventures 243 Scale and participation of Saudi led coalition members Edit Pakistan was called on by Saudi Arabia to join the coalition but its parliament voted to maintain neutrality 244 In February 2016 Academi the security firm withdraw from front line duties in the Yemen campaign 11 Qatar was suspended from the coalition due to the 2017 Qatar diplomatic crisis 245 Morocco ended their participation in 2019 due to deterioration of Morocco Saudi Arabia relations 246 followed by United Arab Emirates in July 2019 amid possible tensions with Iran on the Persian Gulf and differences with Saudi Arabia 4 Sudan announced its decision to reduce troops commitment from 15 000 to 5 000 in early December 2019 247 Reports of war crimes EditSee also Human rights violations during the Yemeni Civil War 2015 present and Blockade of Yemen Airstrikes in Yemen apparently violating the laws of war selection HRW investigation of 10 Saudi led coalition airstrikes that took place between 11 April and 30 August 2015 HRW found either no evident military target or the attack failed to distinguish civilians from military objectives in apparent violation of the laws of war 248 date in 2015 location governorate objectives or targets struck civilians killed at least civilians injuredmen women children total11 April Amran Amran buildings in the town 1 2 1 4 112 May Abs Hajjah Abs Kholan Prison and other buildings in the town 21 1 3 25 1812 May Zabid Al Hudaydah Shagia market and lemon grove in the town 39 13 8 60 1554 July Muthalith Ahim Al Hudaydah marketplace in the village 3 65 1056 July Amran 1 Bawn market between Amran und Raydah 2 Jawb market outside the town 13 1 15 29 2012 July Sanaʽa Sawan Sanaʽa muhamashee residential neighborhood 2 7 14 23 31 people19 July Yarim Ibb residential homes and buildings in the town 4 3 9 16 1624 July Mokha Taiz residential compound of Mokha Steam Power Plant 42 13 10 65 558 August Shara a Ibb homes in the village Radhma district 2 3 3 8 230 August Abs Hajjah Al Sham Water Bottling Factory in the outskirts of the town 11 3 14 11civilian airstrike casualties for all 10 airstrikes investigated by HRW report of 26 November 2015 309 414 The Saudi led campaign has received widespread criticism and had a dramatic worsening effect on the humanitarian situation in Yemen that reached the level of a humanitarian disaster 23 or humanitarian catastrophe The war has contributed to the famine in Yemen which has threatened over 17 million people according to the UN as well as an outbreak of cholera which has infected hundreds of thousands 75 249 250 After the Saudi led coalition declared the entire Saada Governorate a military target in May 2015 the UN s Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen and Human Rights Watch expressed concern that the bombing there was unnecessarily harming civilians 251 252 On 1 July 2015 the UN declared for Yemen a level three emergency the highest UN emergency level for a period of six months 253 254 Human rights groups repeatedly blamed the Saudi led military coalition for killing civilians and destroying health centres and other infrastructure with airstrikes 255 In June 2015 aid agencies said he de facto blockade of Yemen had dramatically worsened the humanitarian situation in Yemen where 78 20 million of the population are in urgent need of food water and medical aid Aid ships are allowed but the bulk of commercial shipping on which the country relies is blocked 256 In one incident coalition jets prevented an Iranian Red Crescent plane from landing by bombing Sanaʽa International Airport s runway which blocked aid delivery by air 257 As of 10 December 2015 more than 2 5 million people had been internally displaced by the fighting 258 More than 23 000 foreign citizens in Yemen have been evacuated 259 260 261 More than 1 million people fled Yemen for Saudi Arabia 262 Djibouti Somalia Ethiopia Sudan and Oman 261 On 13 April 2015 Human Rights Warch HRW wrote that some airstrikes were in apparent violation of the laws of war such as 30 March attack on a displaced persons camp in Mazraq that struck a medical facility and a market 263 Other incidents noted by HRW that had been deemed as indiscriminate or disproportionate or in violation of the laws of war were a strike on a dairy factory outside the Red Sea port of Hodaida 31 civilian deaths 264 a strike that destroyed a humanitarian aid warehouse of the international aid organization Oxfam in Saada 265 and the coalition s blockade that kept out fuel 266 On 30 June 2015 HRW reported that several airstrikes were in clear violation of international law The report confirmed 59 including 14 women and 35 children civilian deaths in Saada between 6 April and 11 May The report also stated that attacks on 6 civilian homes as well as five markets that were deliberate attacks 267 In February 2016 Amnesty International AI reported that it had investigated the circumstances and impact of more than 30 air strikes of the Saudi Arabia led coalition forces in Sanaʽa Hodeidah Hajjah and Sa da They stated that the coalition was apparently intentionally striking civilian targets such as hospitals and schools 268 On 24 April 2015 Amnesty International said that airstrikes hit five densely populated areas Sa dah Sanaʽa Hodeidah Hajjah and Ibb killing at least 97 civilians including 33 children and wounding 157 civilians 269 They stated that this raised concerns about compliance with the rules of international humanitarian law 269 270 According to Farea Al Muslim direct war crimes were committed during the conflict for example an IDP Internally displaced person camp was hit by a Saudi airstrike while Houthis sometimes prevented aid workers from giving aid 271 The UN and human rights groups discussed the possibility that war crimes may have been committed by Saudi Arabia during the air campaign 272 US Representative Ted Lieu has criticized the Saudi led attacks on Yemen Some of these strikes look like war crimes to me and I want to get answers as to why the US appears to be assisting in the execution of war crimes in Yemen 273 In March 2017 Human Rights Watch HRW reported that Since the start of the current conflict at least 4 773 civilians had been killed and 8 272 wounded the majority by coalition airstrikes Human Rights Watch has documented 62 apparently unlawful coalition airstrikes some of which may amount to war crimes that have killed nearly 900 civilians and documented seven indiscriminate attacks by Houthi Saleh forces in Aden and Taizz that killed 139 people including at least eight children 274 In an April 2020 report the Human Rights Watch said that war crimes committed by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates in Yemen go unmentioned They stated that these countries were responsible for most child casualties and illegal attacks on schools 275 Declaring the entire governorate of Sa ada a military target Edit On 8 May 2015 a spokesperson for the Saudi led coalition declared the entire city of Sa dah with a population of around 50 000 people a military target According to Human Rights Watch This not only violated the laws of war prohibition against placing civilians at particular risk by treating a number of separate and distinct military objectives as a single military target but possibly also the prohibition against making threats of violence whose purpose is to instill terror in the civilian population 276 Human Rights Watch compiled the names and ages of some of the people killed in Saada City between 6 April and 11 May Of the 59 people they found information on 35 were children and 14 were women 276 The organisation s analysis of air strike locations in Sa dah showed that bombs fell across the city including near markets schools and hospitals 276 U N Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Johannes van der Klaauw agreed that the Saud led coalition s actions breached international humanitarian law 251 252 The indiscriminate bombing of populated areas with or without prior warning is in contravention of international humanitarian law he said 189 He added that he was concerned that scores of civilians were reportedly killed and thousands were forced to flee their homes after the coalition declared the entire governate a military target Save the Children s Country Director in Yemen Edward Santiago said that the indiscriminate attacks after the dropping of leaflets urging civilians to leave Sa ada raises concerns about the possible pattern being established in breach of International Humanitarian Law Warning civilians does not exonerate the coalition from their obligation to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and we have seen in the last days that the warnings have not been enough to spare civilian lives At the same time people are largely unable to flee for safety because of the de facto blockade imposed by the coalition leading to severe fuel shortages 277 Attacks on facilities run by aid organizations Edit Since the Saudi led coalition began military operations against Ansar Allah on 26 March 2015 Saudi led coalition airstrikes unlawfully struck hospitals and other facilities run by aid organizations according to Human Rights Watch 278 Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF medical facilities in Yemen were attacked four times in three months 279 On 26 October 2015 HRW documented six Saudi led airstrikes which bombed a MSF hospital in Haydan district Sa dah Governorate wounding two patients 278 279 280 A Saudi led coalition airstrike then hit a MSF mobile clinic on 2 December 2015 in Al Houban district Taizz Eight people were wounded including two MSF staff members and one other civilian nearby was killed On 10 January 2016 six people were killed and seven wounded when a hospital in Sa ada was hit by a projectile 278 279 MSF said it could not confirm whether the hospital was hit in an air strike by warplanes of the Saudi led coalition or by a rocket fired from the ground and at least one other landed nearby 278 281 On 21 January 2016 an MSF ambulance was hit by an airstrike Seven people were killed and dozens were wounded 278 279 MSF s director of operations Raquel Ayora said The way war is being waged in Yemen is causing enormous suffering and shows that the warring parties do not recognise or respect the protected status of hospitals and medical facilities We witness the devastating consequences of this on people trapped in conflict zones on a daily basis Nothing has been spared not even hospitals even though medical facilities are explicitly protected by international humanitarian law 279 The Saudi embassy in London in early February 2016 advised United Nations and other aid organizations to move their offices and staff away from regions where the Houthi militias and their supporters are active and in areas where there are military operations It claimed this was in order to protect the international organizations and their employees 278 The UN refused to pull out the humanitarian aid workers and protested against the Saudi demands 282 283 On 7 February 2016 the UN humanitarian chief Stephen O Brien wrote to Saudi Arabia s UN Ambassador Abdallah al Mouallimi pointing out that Saudi Arabia is obligated under international law to permit access and has duty of care obligations under the conduct of military operations for all civilians including humanitarian workers 278 HRW declared on 17 February 2016 that Saudi Arabia s warnings to stay away were insufficient to fulfil their legal obligations to protect aid stations and their occupants James Ross Legal and Policy Director at HRW said A warning is no justification for an unlawful airstrike They can t shift the blame for shirking their responsibility onto aid agencies that are struggling to address a deepening crisis 278 After an air strike on an MSF hospital in the Hajjah province on 15 August 2016 MSF announced the pulling of their staff from Saada and Hajjah provinces affecting 6 facilities The group also complained that the results of previous investigations into hospital bombings by the Saudi led coalition were never shared 284 Targeting of wounded and medical personnel Edit The United Nations alleged that the Saudi led coalition had committed a war crime in a October 2016 airstrike 285 because the bombing was a double tap attack This is when the first bombing is followed by a second one soon after The UN report said The second air strike which occurred three to eight minutes after the first air strike almost certainly resulted in more casualties to the already wounded and the first responders The UN said 140 people were killed 285 Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir said that his government was being careful to abide by humanitarian law 285 According to the Save the Children group children have died as a result of Saudi Arabia delaying aid for Yemen for months 286 Usage of cluster munitions Edit In early May 2015 Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia of using US supplied cluster munitions on at least two occasions The Saudi military acknowledged using CBU 105 bombs but it claimed they were only employed against armoured vehicles and not in population centers 287 288 Yemeni security officials claimed that cluster bombs were dropped in a civilian area of the Western suburbs of the Yemeni capital Sanaa In an earlier statement Saudi Arabia had denied that the Saudi led military coalition was using cluster bombs at all 212 Internationally outlawed cluster bombs supplied by the USA were used by the Saudi led military coalition and wounded civilians despite evidence of prior civilian casualties based on multiple reports issued by HRW 289 On 8 January 2016 the UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon announced that Saudi coalition use of cluster munitions could be a war crime 290 291 HRW condemned the Saudi led coalition for the attacks saying The coalition s repeated use of cluster bombs in the middle of a crowded city suggests an intent to harm civilians which is a war crime These outrageous attacks show that the coalition seems less concerned than ever about sparing civilians from war s horrors 292 A week later Amnesty International published new evidence that appeared to confirm reports of coalition forces using US made cluster munitions on Sanaʽa on 6 January 2016 293 In December 2016 a Saudi spokesperson admitted that at least some of the coalition s cluster bombs were manufactured in the United Kingdom British prime minister Theresa May refused to answer when asked in parliament when she first became aware that UK made cluster bombs were being used 294 Amnesty International has called on Saudi Arabia to destroy its stockpile of cluster bombs and accede to the International Convention on Cluster Munitions It also asked the Saudi led coalition to provide the United Nations with precise locations of cluster munition attacks 295 The coalition has yet to do so In May 2019 Saudi Arabia s cargo ship Bahri Yanbu was blocked from collecting weapons at the French Port of Le Havre by humanitarian groups Later in the month Italian union workers refused to load electricity generators on the ship and prevented it from docking claiming that the weapons on board would be used against civilians Despite the protests the ship docked 296 Calls for international independent investigations Edit A UN panel of experts said in a report for the UN Security Council in January 2016 which was leaked to The Guardian that the Saudi led coalition had undertaken 119 sorties in Yemen that violated international humanitarian law 290 297 298 The panel said it had documented that the coalition had conducted airstrikes targeting civilians and civilian objects in violation of international humanitarian law including camps for internally displaced persons and refugees civilian gatherings including weddings civilian vehicles including buses civilian residential areas medical facilities schools mosques markets factories and food storage warehouses and other essential civilian infrastructure such as the airport in Sanaʽa the port in Hudaydah and domestic transit routes The report said Many attacks involved multiple airstrikes on multiple civilian objects Of the 119 sorties the panel identified 146 targeted objects The panel also documented three alleged cases of civilians fleeing residential bombings and being chased and shot at by helicopters 290 297 While the UN experts were not allowed on the ground in Yemen they studied satellite imagery of cities before and after attacks that showed extensive damage to residential areas and civilian objects 290 297 298 The UN panel concluded that civilians are disproportionately affected by the fighting and deplored tactics that constitute the prohibited use of starvation as a method of warfare 290 297 The report said The coalition s targeting of civilians through airstrikes either by bombing residential neighbourhoods or by treating the entire cities of Sa dah and Maran as military targets is a grave violation of the principles of distinction proportionality and precaution In certain cases the panel found such violations to have been conducted in a widespread and systematic manner 297 The report called for an international commission set up by the Security Council that should investigate reports of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in Yemen by all parties and to identify the perpetrators of such violations 290 297 Saudi Arabia had previously objected to an inquiry being set up 290 Five days after the release of the UN Panel of Experts report on Yemen on 31 January 2016 the Saudi led Arab coalition announced it had formed an independent team of experts in international humanitarian law and weapons to assess the incidents and investigate the rules of engagement The coalition said the objective was to develop a clear and comprehensive report on each incident with the conclusions lessons learned recommendations and measures that should be taken to spare civilians 278 299 On 16 February 2016 Adama Dieng the U N s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and Jennifer Welsh the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect said in a joint statement We now expect that commitments by the Yemeni authorities and by Saudi Arabia to conduct credible and independent investigations into all alleged violations and provide reparations to victims will be swiftly implemented It is imperative that the international community also gives immediate consideration to the most effective means of supporting this goal including the possibility of establishing an international independent and impartial mechanism to support accountability in Yemen 300 On 19 September 2020 UN report warned that the UK and other countries of possibly providing arms to Saudi Arabia in terms of aiding and assisting the war crimes committed by the coalition in Yemen The report warned of concerns regarding foreign nations supplying arms to parties of the conflict in Yemen blatantly disregarding documented patterns of severe violations of global humanitarian and human rights law regarding the conflict 301 Alleged use of white phosphorus Edit In September 2016 The Washington Post reported that Saudi Arabia appears to be using US made white phosphorus munitions against Yemen based on images and videos posted to social media Under US regulations white phosphorus is only allowed to be used to signal to other troops and to reduce visibility in open ground creating a smoke screen It is not to be used to attack humans as it burns human flesh down to the bone which is considered excessively cruel A United States official said the department was looking into whether the Saudis used white phosphorus improperly 302 UAE secret prisons Edit In October 2017 a Yemeni citizen died under severe torture inside a secret prison run by the United Arab Emirates in the south of Yemen As videos showed the body of Ahmed Dubba revealed disturbing signs of torture after it was released from Khanfar Prison According to media reports UAE forces in Yemen had carried out a detention campaign against religious scholars and preachers who opposed their presence in the country where prisoners were subject to physical and psychological torture According to Yemeni rights group Sam the issue of secret prisons in Yemen has become a regular phenomenon 303 Use of child soldiers Edit On late March 2019 the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday reported that British Special Forces are fighting on the same side as jihadists and militia which use child soldiers 304 After the report the shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry questioned these allegations in the British parliament suggesting that the British forces may have been witnesses to war crimes if the allegations were true She claimed that as many as 40 of the soldiers in the Saudi coalition were children a breach of international humanitarian law 305 In response the UK Foreign Office minister Mark Field called the allegations very serious and well sourced and promised to get to the bottom of these allegations 305 In April 2019 the Qatari based news agency Aljazeera reported based in footage of the presence of child soldiers in the recruitment camps of the Saudi UAE led coalition Children from 15 to 16 were recruited from poverty driven Yemeni villages 306 Foreign involvement EditMain article Foreign involvement in the Yemeni Civil War NATO powers such as the United Kingdom and the United States support the Saudi Arabian led intervention in Yemen primarily through arms sales and technical assistance 307 France had also made recent military sales to Saudi Arabia 308 MSF emergency coordinator Karline Kleijer called the US France and the UK part of the Saudi led coalition which imposed the weapons embargo and blocked all ships from entering Yemen with supplies 309 Rights groups have criticized the countries for supplying arms and accuse the coalition of using cluster munitions which are banned in most countries 310 Oxfam pointed out that Germany Iran and Russia have also reportedly sold arms to the conflicting forces 311 Tariq Riebl head of programmes in Yemen for Oxfam said it s difficult to argue that a weapon sold to Saudi Arabia would not in some way be used in Yemen or if it s not used in Yemen it enables the country to use other weapons in Yemen 307 Amnesty International urged the US and the UK to stop supplying arms to Saudi Arabia and to the Saudi led coalition 312 On August 3 2019 a United Nations report said the US UK and France may be complicit in committing war crimes in Yemen by selling weapons and providing support to the Saudi led coalition which it accused of using m starvation of civilians as a tactic of warfare 313 314 Arms sale by United Kingdom to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in 2019 reportedly soared by 1bn i e 300 in comparison to the figures in 2018 Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade condemned the increase and criticized the UK arms industry of being dominated by human rights abusers and dictatorships UK made fighter jets have been accused of causing catastrophic damage in Yemen 315 According to official figures released by the Department for International Trade DIT the United Kingdom has exported 11bn worth of arms in 2019 becoming the second highest arms exporter after the United States The UK traded arms despite a June 2019 court ruling halting the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that could be used in Yemen In July 2020 Britain resumed arms sales to Saudi Arabia Official figures of the weapons sale to Saudi Arabia were not included in the data however in 2019 60 of the arms sales were made to Middle Eastern countries 316 In January 2020 the State Department told lawmakers that it was planning to permit Raytheon to sell precision guided missiles worth 478 million to Saudi Arabia and expand its manufacturing inside the country despite the kingdom s human rights record and objections by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers 317 On February 4 2021 the new US President Joe Biden announced an end to the U S support for Saudi led operations in Yemen 318 In early June 2020 the French government published a report on the arms exports of 2019 where the sale of 1 4 billion arms was made to Saudi Arabia Human Rights Watch urged the French authorities to halt any arms sale to Saudi considering the country is accused in possible war crimes and human rights abuses in Yemen 319 In July 2020 Amnesty International revealed that France had promoted a private military center to train Saudi troops and backed it both financially and politically According to the report France intended to train the Saudi soldiers in the operations of the latest versions of weapons that had already been used in the Yemeni conflict The training center has been set up at the town of Commercy in Meuse with funds extracted from the French taxpayer s money violating international treaties as per Lebel 320 321 In September 2020 a United Nations panel listed Canada among the countries who contributed to fueling the war in Yemen Following that 39 human rights organizations arms control groups and labor unions including the Public Service Alliance of Canada sent a joint letter to the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging for the country to end arms exports to Saudi Arabia 322 Overall airstrike casualties EditYear Date Place Deaths Source2015 26 March 7 April 323 Sanaʽa 88 civilians U N 2015 26 March 23 April 324 Sanaʽa 209 people U N 2015 30 March 325 Mazraq 29 civilians U N 2015 31 March 326 Saada 19 civilians U N 2015 31 March 327 Ibb province 14 people 11 civilians Local sources2015 31 March 328 Wadi Saan 10 civilians Local sources2015 31 March 329 Hodeida governorate 31 civilians HRW2015 4 April 330 Sanaa governorate 9 civilians of the same family Reuters via Local sources2015 7 April 331 332 Maitam 3 civilians Local sources2015 12 April 333 Taiz 8 civilians Local sources2015 14 April 334 Taiz 10 civilians Amnesty International2015 17 April 335 Yarim south of Sanaa 7 civilians Local sources2015 17 April 336 Sanaa 8 civilians2015 18 April 337 Saada 1 civilian Local sources2015 19 29 April 338 Haradh 15 people U N 2015 20 April 339 Fajj Atan military base Sanaʽa 90 people ICRC2015 21 April 5 May 340 Aden 22 civilians U N 2015 21 April 341 Ibb province 20 people Local sources2015 21 April 341 Haradh 9 people Local sources2015 26 April 342 Al Thawra hospital Taiz 19 people U N 2015 27 April 343 Aden 2 civilians Local sources2015 27 28 April 344 Bajel District 30 people U N 2015 28 April 345 between Al Qaras and Basatir 40 civilians Local sources2015 1 May 340 Sanaʽa 17 civilians U N 2015 6 May 346 347 Sadaa 34 people including at least 27 civilians U N and HRW2015 6 May 346 Sanaa 20 people U N 2015 6 May 348 Kitaf 7 civilians Local sources2015 6 May 196 Dhamar governorate 11 people Local sources2015 9 May 349 Saada 4 civilians U N 2015 11 May 350 Sanaa 5 people Agence France Presse2015 14 May 351 Saada 9 people Associated Press2015 21 May 352 Hajjah Governorate 5 civilians U N2015 26 May 353 Saada 7 civilians Local sources2015 26 May 334 Taiz 8 civilians Amnesty International2015 27 May 354 355 Saada and Yemen 80 100 people Reuters2015 4 June 356 Across Yemen 58 people Local sources2015 6 June 357 Across Yemen 38 people Local sources2015 7 June 358 Sanaa 44 people Local sources2015 12 June 359 Old City of Sanaa 6 people Local sources2015 13 June 360 Bait Me yad Sanaa 9 people Medical sources2015 16 June 334 Taiz 5 civilians Amnesty International2015 19 June 361 Across Yemen 10 civilians Local sources2015 21 June 362 Across Yemen 15 people BBC2015 30 June 363 Saada 2 people Local sources2015 30 June 334 Taiz 4 civilians Amnesty International2015 2 July 363 Sanaa 8 people Houthi controlled Saba News Agency 2015 3 July 364 Across Yemen 16 people Local sources2015 6 July 365 Across Yemen 100 people Local and Medical sources2015 7 July 334 Taiz 11 Lahj Amnesty International2015 9 July 334 366 Taiz 11 Lahj Amnesty International2015 25 July 367 Mokha Yemen 120 civilians Associated Press2015 17 August 368 Jibla and Al Jawf 17 civilians Local officials2015 19 August 369 Sanaa 15 civilians UN2015 21 August 370 Taiz 65 civilians Doctors Without Borders2015 28 August 371 Taiz 10 people Reuters2015 30 August 372 Hajjah and Sanaa 40 civilians Local sources2015 5 September 373 Sanaa 27 civilians Reuters2015 6 September 373 Al Jawf Governorate 30 people Reuters2015 12 September 374 Across Yemen 16 civilians Reuters2015 14 September 375 Sanaa Yemen 10 people Reuters2015 20 September 376 Saada 20 People Reuters2015 21 September 376 Hajjah and Sanaa 50 people Reuters2015 27 September 377 Hajjah 30 civilians Local sources2015 28 September 377 Al Wahijah Taiz 131 civilians Medics2015 8 October 378 Dhamar Yemen 25 50 people Reuters2016 10 January 379 Saada Yemen 6 civilians Doctors Without Borders2016 13 January 380 Bilad al Rus 15 civilians Local sources2016 27 February 381 Sanaa 40 civilians Reuters2016 15 March 382 Mastaba at least 119 people UN2016 20 June 383 Sanaa 8 civilians Yemeni Officials2016 7 August 384 Nehm district 18 civilians Local officials2016 9 August 385 Sanaa 13 civilians Reuters2016 13 August 386 Saada 19 civilians MSF2016 15 August 284 387 Hajjah province 19 civilians MSF2016 10 September 388 Arhab district 30 people UN2016 21 September 389 Al Hudaydah Governorate 26 civilians Reuters2016 8 October 390 Sanaa 140 people UN2016 29 October 391 Al Hudaydah 60 inmates Reuters2016 28 November 392 Al Hudaydah at least 13 civilians Yemeni officials2017 1 January 393 Sirwah District 5 civilians Military officials2017 7 January 394 Sanaʽa 12 civilians Medics2017 10 January 394 Nehm district 8 children Rescuers2017 15 February 395 north of Sanaa 10 women and children Reuters2017 10 March 396 Al Khawkhah district 18 civilians UN2017 15 March 397 Mastaba 119 people Human Rights Watch2017 16 March 398 Bab el Mandeb 42 Somali refugees UN2017 3 April 399 Sarawah District 8 civilians Security and tribal officials2017 17 May 400 Mawza District 23 civilians Houthis2017 17 June 401 Saada Governorate 24 civilians Health officials2017 18 July 402 al Atera village Mawza District 20 civilians UN2017 23 August 403 404 Arhab Sanaʽa 48 civilians Medical officials2017 26 December 405 Taiz Hodeidah 68 civilians UN2018 3 April 406 Hodeidah 14 civilians Medics2018 23 April 407 Hajja 40 civilians Medical officials2018 9 August 408 409 Saada 51 killed including 40 children International Committee of the Red Cross Houthi Health Ministry2018 13 October 410 Al Hudaydah 17 people Deutsche Welle2018 24 October 411 Al Hudaydah Governorate 21 civilians UN2019 29 July 412 Saada Governorate 13 civilians Medics2019 1 September 413 Dhamar 100 civilians Red Cross ICRC 2020 15 February 414 Al Jawf Governorate 31 civilians UN2020 8 August 415 Al Jawf Governorate 20 women and children UN Houthis A Houthi spokesman stated on 28 April 2015 that the airstrikes had killed 200 members of all pro Houthi forces since the campaign started 416 In addition UNICEF reported on 24 April 2015 that the strikes had killed 64 children 417 Between 26 March and 21 April The New York Times confirmed 18 airstrikes that resulted in civilian casualties 418 According to the United Nations between 26 March and 10 May 2015 the conflict killed at least 828 Yemeni civilians including 91 women and 182 children One hundred and eighty two were killed between 4 and 10 May alone with most of those due to the airstrikes 419 Yemeni capital Sanaa after airstrikes 9 October 2015 On 6 May HRW reported that an airstrike struck a residential home in Saada killing 27 members of one family including 17 children 347 and on 26 May 7 more members of the same family were killed in another airstrike 353 On 27 May nearly 100 people were killed due to airstrikes hitting Sanaa Sa da and Hodeida in the largest ever one day death toll throughout the conflict 355 On 28 June a coalition airstrike hit and damaged the UN compound in Aden severely damaging the UNDP building and injuring a guard 420 On 30 June HRW released a report stating that coalition airstrikes on the northern Yemeni city of Saada a Houthi rebel stronghold had killed dozens of civilians and wrecked homes and markets The group said it had documented a dozen airstrikes on Saada that destroyed or damaged civilian homes five markets a school and a petrol station although there was no evidence of military use Saada City s streets are littered with bomb craters destroyed buildings and other evidence of coalition airstrikes HRW s Sarah Leah Whitson said in the report 421 and later added These attacks appear to be serious laws of war violations that need to be properly investigated 422 On 6 July airstrikes killed over 100 people including more than 30 civilians in Al Joob Amran 423 The state run news agency said that 40 had been killed in a raid on a livestock market in al Foyoush Local residents also reported 30 deaths in a raid they said apparently targeted a Houthi checkpoint on the main road between Aden and Lahj They said 10 of the dead were Houthi fighters MSF head of mission in Yemen said It is unacceptable that airstrikes take place in highly concentrated civilian areas where people are gathering and going about their daily lives especially at a time such as Ramadan 365 On 25 July airstrikes killed over 120 civilians in the town of Mokha marking the deadliest strike yet against civilians The airstrikes hit workers housing for a power plant in Mokha flattening some of the buildings the officials said A fire erupted in the area charring many of the corpses It just shows what is the trend now of the airstrikes from the coalition said Hassan Boucenine of the Geneva based Doctors Without Borders Now it s a house it s a market it s anything He added that many of the workers had families visiting for the Eid al Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan Mokha populated largely by fishermen had a reputation as one of the safest places in the country embroiled in war said Boucenine 367 On 18 August AI reported that it had confirmed 141 civilian deaths from eight airstrikes 424 On 15 March 2016 Saudi led airstrikes on a market in Mastaba killed at least 119 people including 25 children 425 The attack on 8 October 2016 killed 140 people and injuring 500 persons in one of the single worst death tolls in the two year war The United Kingdom is under pressure for exporting arms to Saudi Arabia 426 Forces working for the internationally recognized government of Yemen claimed of being hit by airstrikes on 29 August 2019 while traveling towards the southern city of Aden According to a government commander the airstrike killed around 30 troops No confirmation has been made on who carried out the attack however the commander claimed that a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is the only warring side in Yemen s 4 year old conflict that is equipped with airpower 427 Civilian airstrike casualties Edit See also Airstrikes on hospitals in Yemen Protest against the military intervention in Yemen New York City December 2017 On 24 August 2015 the UN special representative of the secretary general for children and armed conflict said that of 402 children killed in Yemen since late March 2015 73 percent were victims of Saudi coalition led airstrikes 428 429 Mondoweiss reported that the UN also said at this time that an average of 30 people had been killed in Yemen every single day since the beginning of the war On top of this more than 23 000 had been wounded 430 On 11 September UN Human Rights Commissioner said that of 1 527 civilians killed between 26 March and 30 June at least 941 people were killed by airstrikes carried out by the Saudi led coalition 431 432 433 434 On 27 October the OHCHR said that out of 2 615 civilians killed between 26 March and 26 October 2015 1 641 civilians had reportedly been killed due to airstrikes carried out by the Saudi led coalition 435 436 The January 2016 report of a UN panel of experts presented to the UN security council attributed 60 percent 2 682 of all civilian deaths and injuries in the war since 26 March 2015 to air launched explosive weapons 290 297 On 1 February 2016 Reuters reported Mortars and rockets fired at Saudi Arabian towns and villages have killed 375 civilians including 63 children since the start of the Saudi led military campaign in Yemen in late March Riyadh said 437 On 16 September 2016 The Guardian reported The independent and non partisan survey based on open source data including research on the ground records more than 8 600 air attacks between March 2015 when the Saudi led campaign began and the end of August this year Of these 3 577 were listed as having hit military sites and 3 158 struck non military sites The UN has put the death toll of the 18 month war at more than 10 000 with 3 799 of them being civilians 438 In October 2016 a densely populated funeral in Yemen was struck leaving at least 155 dead 439 and 525 wounded 440 including the senior military and security officials of the Shia Houthi and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh 440 The attack was reportedly carried out by Saudi Arabia 441 Saudi Arabia accepts the finding of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team a setup of coalition states to investigate complaints against coalitions conduct in Decisive Storm that coalition s bombardment at a funeral ceremony in Sanaʽa in which over 140 people were killed and more than 600 injured was based on wrong information 442 Reportedly the United States is reviewing its policy of support for the Saudi led coalition US Secretary of State John Kerry sought assurances from Saudi Arabia that incidents such as the airstrike on a civilian funeral in Sanaʽa will not happen again He proposed a cease fire and a return to talks aiming for a political resolution of the conflict Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said he hoped to institute a 72 hour cease fire as soon as possible provided the Houthis will agree 443 Ongoing armed conflicts in June 2019 Major wars 10 000 or more deaths in current or past year In December 2017 Saudis killed and injured 600 Yemenis in 26 days 444 On 9 August 2018 a school bus was hit by a Saudi airstrike killing 51 people and injuring 79 40 of the dead and 56 of the injured were children between the ages of 6 and 11 445 In the past few days from 7 November more than 100 Saudi airstrikes had attacked civilian neighborhoods and a malnutrition clinic run by Save the Children in Hodeidah 446 According to the Yemen Data Project the Saudi led bombing campaign has killed or injured an estimated 17 729 civilians as of March 2019 447 448 As per the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project the Saudi led coalition has caused around 4 800 civilian deaths and the Houthis have caused around 1 300 out of 7 000 civilian fatalities since 2016 On 16 May 2019 another airstrike in a crowded residential area of Sana a killed five civilians and injured 31 449 An air strike in the northwest Yemen killed seven children and two women as reported by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on 13 July 2020 The Houthi rebels claimed that the air strike was carried out by the Saudi led coalition However Saudi Arabia denied any involvement in the air strike 450 On 6 August 2020 an air strike in northern Yemen killed a large number of civilians A report by humanitarian coordination agency UNOCHA indicated that as many as nine children were killed while seven children and two women were injured The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths condemned air strikes and called for a transparent investigation into the incident 451 Killed journalists and media workers EditMain article List of journalists killed in Yemen In 2015 Yemen was ranked 168th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders RSF Press Freedom Index According to an annual round up published on 29 December 2015 by RSF six journalists in Yemen out of 67 worldwide were killed in 2015 because of their work or while reporting 452 According to the Committee to Protect Journalists at least six journalists were killed in airstrikes by the Saudi led coalition between March 2015 and the end of January 2016 453 454 On 17 January 2016 the freelance Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli was killed in an airstrike by the Saudi led coalition in Jaref a Houthi controlled district in the outskirts of Sanaʽa 455 456 Mojalli had gone there working for Voice of America VOA to interview survivors of air strikes in Jaref in which up to 21 civilians had been killed days earlier 456 457 Rory Peck Trust honored him as key source of information for visiting journalists in Yemen 458 Daniel Martin Varisco President of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies and Research Professor at Qatar University said in an obituary that Mojalli s work was a voice documenting the humanitarian crisis that the world outside Yemen has largely ignored and a voice that has been silenced 459 RSF CPJ International Federation of Journalists IFJ Yemen Journalists Syndicate YJS and UNESCO condemned Mojalli s death 453 456 460 UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova and RSF reminded all the parties to the armed conflict in Yemen that they were required to respect and ensure the safety of all journalists by UN Security Council Resolution 2222 adopted in 2015 and by the Geneva Conventions 456 461 462 On 21 January 2016 the 17 year old TV cameraman Hashem al Hamran was mortally injured by an air strike by the Saudi led coalition in the city of Dahian Saada Governorate when he was filming bombing raids for the Houthi run television channel al Masirah TV He died from his wounds on 22 January 2016 454 463 The YJS the IFJ and Irina Bokova Director General of UNESCO condemned the killing of Hashem Al Hamran 463 464 The director of Yemen TV Munir al Hakami and his wife Suaad Hujaira who also worked for the state owned Houthi controlled broadcaster were killed along with their three children by a coalition air strike on 9 February 2016 465 466 467 They were living in a residential area nowhere near a possible military target 465 467 the killing of the two media workers was condemned by the head of UNESCO 466 Zaid al Sharabi an Emirates News Agency journalist was killed by a Houthi set bomb which was hidden inside a motocycle and placed near a restaurant in Mokha on 29 January 2019 The bomb killed a total of 6 people and wounded another Emirates News Agency journalist Faisal Al Thubhani 468 Infrastructure damage and humanitarian situation EditSee also 2016 2021 Yemen cholera outbreak In February 2016 the UN Security Council noted that in terms of numbers of people in need the humanitarian crisis in Yemen was the largest in the world 469 In August 2015 the head of the International Red Cross said Yemen after five months looks like Syria after five years 470 Protest outside 10 Downing Street against a visit by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman London March 2018 The U N human rights office reported more than 8 100 civilians were killed or wounded between 26 March and the end of 2015 the vast majority from airstrikes by Saudi led coalition forces 471 At the beginning of May 2015 the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR said that there had been severe destruction of civilian infrastructure including houses in many districts since 26 March 472 340 Severe damage caused by attacks on Yemen s essential civilian infrastructure such as airports in Sanaʽa and Hodeida by the Saudi led military coalition was obstructing the delivery of much needed humanitarian assistance and movement of humanitarian personnel according to the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC and Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF 473 474 475 In the first weeks since 26 March massive destruction of civilian infrastructure particularly happened in Aden and Sa da according to OHCHR 476 477 In August 2015 air attacks of the Saudi led coalition on port facilities at Al Hudaydah in clear contravention of international humanitarian law said Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O Brien 478 479 In mid February 2016 Stephen O Brien said the situation in Yemen was a humanitarian catastrophe with 21 million people in need of some kind of aid 7 6 million people severely food insecure and over 3 4 million children out of school 480 O Brien noted the situation had not been helped by the diversion of an aid vessel by coalition forces 480 According to Lamya Khalidi an archaeologist At least sixty of Yemen s monuments have been damaged or destroyed in the bombing campaign by Saudi led coalition in March 2015 Among these monuments are unique archaeological monuments old cities museums mosques churches and tombs 481 482 Timeline Edit On 26 March Interior Ministry officials linked to Ansar Allah documented that 23 civilians had been killed and 24 wounded Among the dead were 5 children ages 2 to 13 6 women and an elderly man The wounded included 12 children ages 3 to 8 and 2 women due to airstrike against Sanaʽa particularly in Bani Hawat a predominantly Houthi neighborhood near Sanaa s airports and al Nasr near the presidential palace HRW documented the deaths of 11 civilians including 2 women and 2 children other than those provided by the Yemeni officials along with 14 more wounded including 3 children and 1 woman According to AI that bombing destroyed at least 14 homes in Bani Hawat 483 On 31 March OCHA reported that 13 of 22 Governorates were affected and highlighted infrastructure effects that detailed coalition bombing of a refugee camp that killed 29 and injured 40 Fuel shortages in the south threatened water access to citizens and in Lahj electricity and water services had not been functioning for several days 484 Later that day AI reported that at least six civilians including four children were burned to death as a result of an airstrike It reported that two fuel stations were destroyed In al Kadima area in al Kita several passengers were killed in a car that had stopped to refuel and a worker was injured The third strike apparently aimed at a passing fuel tanker set fire to at least three civilian homes AI then stated that it is becoming increasingly apparent that the Saudi Arabian led coalition is turning a blind eye to civilian deaths and suffering caused by its military intervention 485 On 17 April OCHA reported on the increasing deterioration of the humanitarian situation reporting airstrikes hitting in Saada City a water tank the electricity station a petrol station a plastics processing factory a shopping centre and a housing complex Several days earlier airstrikes had hit private homes the post office a community centre government offices markets and vehicles Local partners estimated about 50 dead within the past week In Sanaʽa residential neighborhoods near Assir Ayban and Faj Attan were affected due to their proximity to military camps In Amran airstrikes hit a petrol station an educational institute and a bridge According to local reports a local water corporation in Hajjah Abbs District was hit The report also stated that civilian casualties were under reported as families without access to hospitals bury their members at home 486 On 20 April coalition airstrikes hit the Fajj Atan military base causing a large explosion that killed 38 civilians and injured over 500 The airstrike also targeted the office of Yemen Today a TV network owned by Ali Abdullah Saleh killing three and injuring other workers An eyewitness reported that emergency rooms were overwhelmed 487 488 The head of the ICRC in Yemen later clarified that 90 people had died during this attack 339 On 21 April the BBC reported a warning from the UN about worsening health services and a dire need for medicines 489 On 24 April UNICEF released a report stating that since the start of the military intervention 115 children had been killed with at least 64 from aerial bombardment The F 14 s of Saudi Arabia often strike militia holdouts that miss and hit shelters the homeless and houses 417 According to OCHA s fifth report released on 26 April humanitarian operations would come to a complete halt within two weeks and hospitals in both Sanaa and Aden would close completely due to the lack of fuel The lack of fuel affected water supplies Markets in affected governorates are not able to provide food with wheat grain and flour prices rising by 42 and 44 respectively The healthcare system faced an imminent collapse with hospitals struggling to operate due to lack of medicines and supplies Essential medicine prices increased by 300 Casualties from 19 March to 22 April reached 1 080 28 children and 48 women and 4 352 wounded 80 children and 143 women According to the WFP 12 million people were food insecure a 13 rise 490 On 29 April OCHA reported that airstrikes hit SIA on 28 April damaging the runway and hampering aid deliveries Airstrikes were also reported at Al Hudayda Airport and Saada Widespread internet and phone disruptions were reported in several governorates due to the lack of fuel and electricity On 25 April the Yemen Public Telecommunications Corporation warned that unless the fuel crisis was resolved telecommunication services mobile phones internet and land lines would shut down within a week The disruption in communication was affecting information flow on humanitarian needs and operations On 29 April Haradh was heavily bombarded including areas near the main hospital Food distribution and aid would reportedly stop within a week if additional fuel could not be obtained As of 29 April the Al Hudaydah Governorate ran out of fuel and aid operations could not be completed 338 On 30 April OCHA s Flash Update 22 reported that airstrikes hit the only main roads that connect the Sanaʽa Governorate with Ibb It also indicated that over 3 410 people from Yemen had arrived in Somalia since the fighting escalated with 2 285 arrivals registered in Puntland and 1 125 registered in the Somaliland A further 8 900 migrants were registered in Djibouti 4 700 of whom were third country nationals 491 On 4 May coalition airstrikes hit SIA destroying a cargo ship and other planes used to transport food and supplies 492 OCHA reported that several airstrikes hit the Al Hudayda airport and surrounding areas in Al Hudayda City In Aden the districts of Craiter and Al Muala were without electricity water and telecommunication for over a week according to residents 493 On 5 May in order to send humanitarian aid van der Klaauw haggled with the coalition to stop bombing SIA citation needed He emphasized the effects on persons with disabilities stating that over 3 000 000 people with disabilities could not meet their basic needs The conflict forced more than 300 centres to close He added that they were especially concerned about an airstrike that targeted a military field hospital 340 On 6 May the OCHA reported lack of fuel to support humanitarian operations beyond one week with fuel and food prices continuing to increase 494 The World Food Programme declared that shortages of fuel has changed to a serious threat for hospitals and food supplies Edward Santiago country director for Save the Children said in statement a short time ceasefire is not enough to allow for humanitarian supplies 495 On 7 May trade sources stated that merchant ships had been delayed weeks Yemen and in one case following inspection and approval a food supply ship was denied access The food crisis increased to include over 20 million people 80 of the population going hungry 496 Airstrikes destroyed a mine factory and a communications center Local sources reported that 13 villagers were killed due to shelling near the border 497 On 18 May HRW documented airstrikes that hit homes and markets and killed and wounded civilians HRW documented the bombing of four markets 347 The conflict is exacerbating Yemen s water scarcity Sanaa 21 May 2015 On 21 May OCHA reported airstrikes that hit two farms adjacent to a humanitarian facility in Hajjah Governorate and resulted in civilian casualties A warehouse containing humanitarian supplies was damaged in another strike In Sa adah City satellite imagery analysis identified widespread damage to infrastructure with 1 171 structures affected damaged or destroyed The analysis showed that as of 17 May 35 impact craters existed within the city mostly along the runway of Sa ada airport Similar imagery of Aden identified 642 affected structures including 327 destroyed Local partners reported that 674 schools were forced to close in Sanaʽa affecting 551 000 students 352 Fuel prices increased by over 500 and food supplies by 80 since 26 March The continued restrictions on the arrival of goods via air and sea ports and insecurity on roads restricted the delivery of essential supplies In Sanaʽa security concerns due to airstrikes prevented delivery of food assistance On 21 May five Ethiopian migrants were killed and two others injured in an airstrike that hit open space 500 metres from an IOM managed Migrant Response Centre With continued conflict and import restrictions Emergency IPC Phase 4 outcomes were likely in the coming month In six governorates reports from OCHA partners show that basic food items are no longer available Aden Abyan Al Dhale e Al Bayda Lahj Sa ada 498 On 3 June The Operations Room of the Ministry of Health in Sanaʽa was damaged It manages emergency operations nationwide 499 On 5 June The Washington Post reported that several Yemeni cultural and heritage strikes had been repeatedly targeted by Saudi airstrikes Reports stated that Al Qahira Castle the 1 200 year old al Hadi Mosque and Dhamar Museum with over 12 500 artifacts 500 were destroyed and the Great Dam of Marib was hit 501 On 17 June an OCHA report highlighted that food security had continued to worsen with 19 out of 22 governorates now classified crisis or emergency Half the population was food insecure and nearly a quarter severely food insecure A joint analysis of household food security by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization FAO WFP and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in Yemen MoPIC found that Yemen was sliding into catastrophe More than six million Yemenis were then in a Phase 4 Emergency and nearly 6 9 million people are in a Phase 3 Crisis These figures indicate that Yemen was approaching a complete breakdown in food security and health 502 An airstrike in Sanaʽa on a textile factory in July 2015 left more than 1 300 people unemployed photo A Mojalli VOA November 2015 503 Apartment building destroyed by a strike in Sanaa on 5 September 2015 On 26 July the OCHA announced that airstrikes hit the residential complex of the Al Mukha Power Station in Al Mukha District Taiz Governorate with health facilities reporting 55 deaths and 96 injuries and media reports as high as 120 all civilians 504 On 27 August the OCHA announced that airstrikes targeting that Al Hudaydah port facilities late on 17 August and early 18 August had brought the port activities to a near halt and that the port was empty of all vessels and remained non operational A UN chartered aid vessel carrying 2 230 MT of mixed food commodities left the port and was rerouted to Djibouti 479 On 5 January 2016 an airstrike by the Saudi led military coalition hit the Al Noor Center for Care and Rehabilitation of Blind in the Safiah district of Sanaʽa 505 506 507 the capital s only center school and home for people with visual disabilities 507 508 Five people were injured Human Rights Watch and media reported if the bomb had exploded the damage would have been much worse 507 509 Human Rights Watch blamed both the Saudi led coalition for hitting civilian targets and the Houthi militants battling the coalition HRW said Houthi militants were partially to blame for using civilian sites for military purposes Armed Houthis were stationed near the Al Noor center putting the students at risk 507 508 509 On 20 April 2016 the UN General Assembly Security Council in a report covering the period January to December 2015 verified a sixfold increase in the number of children killed and maimed compared with 2014 totalling 1 953 child casualties 785 children killed and 1 168 injured More than 70 per cent were boys Of the casualties 60 per cent 510 deaths and 667 injuries were attributed to the Saudi Arabia led coalition 510 On 8 October 2016 airstrikes by Saudi led coalition force kill 140 people and injuring 500 persons in one of the single worst death tolls in the two year war There are coalitions between Saudi Arabia and his allies in the subject Also the United Kingdom is under pressure for exporting Lucrative Arms and weapons to Saudi Arabia 426 On 2 August 2018 The New York Times reported that at least 30 people were killed when the Saudi led coalition air force hit a fish market the entrance to the main hospital and a security compound 511 On 9 August 2018 a Saudi airstrike in Dahyan hit a school bus causing approximately 51 deaths Many of these deaths were schoolchildren and other civilians On 8 October 2019 Yemen made an agreement to hand over Aden to Saudi Arabia 512 On 7 February 2020 Yemeni hospitals were attacked leaving more than thousands of civilians in need of immediate medical attention followed by a disrupted healthcare facility The attack was a result of clashes between warring parties of Yemen Saudi Arabian led intervention in Yemen and Houthis 513 514 Saada Edit Saada was the governorate of origin of 500 794 IDPs out of 2 509 068 in total as of December 2015 258 On 18 April an airstrike in Saada hit an Oxfam warehouse damaging humanitarian supplies and killing at least one civilian Aid groups widely condemned the strike 337 515 On 8 and 9 May 2015 large scale displacement was reported in Saada to neighbouring areas after the Saudi led military coalition declared the entire Saada governorate a military zone and started heavy airstrikes 253 516 Around 70 000 people including 28 000 children fled from the Governorate of Sa ada The Save the Children s Country Director in Yemen Edward Santiago said that many more were largely unable to flee for safety because of the de facto blockade imposed by the coalition leading to severe fuel shortages 277 On 9 May 2015 the U N Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Johannes van der Klaauw condemned the air strikes on Saada city as being in breach of international humanitarian law 251 252 In August 2015 the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development ACTED reported that the crisis has taken an immeasurably heavy toll on civilians in this poor rural governorate causing death injury and frequent damage and destruction of infrastructure 517 In January 2016 the Houthi controlled Saada area including medical facilities run by Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF received almost daily attacks Michael Seawright a Saada based MSF project coordinator said that they treated a high number of casualties many with severe injuries The Shiara hospital in Razeh District in Saada City the only hospital with a trauma centre in the governorate of Saada and in most of northern Yemen was hit on 10 January and several people were killed including medical personnel MSF had been working in the facility since November 2015 518 519 Sanaʽa Edit 457 502 IDPs out of 2 509 068 in total originated from Sanaʽa Governorate and Sanaʽa city as of December 2015 258 After the Old City of Sanaʽa was heavily bombed in May 2015 causing severe damage to many of its historic buildings Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova said I am particularly distressed by the news concerning air strikes on heavily populated areas such as the cities of Sanaʽa and Saa dah 520 Following a surge in aerial bombing raids in the Old City of Sanaʽa in June 2015 the UN warned that the country s extensive archaeological and historic heritage had been increasingly under threat 521 In July 2015 the Old City of Sanaʽa which had sustained serious damage due to armed conflict was added to List of World Heritage in Danger 522 On 6 September 2015 Al Sabaeen paediatric hospital in Sanaʽa had to be evacuated after a nearby airstrike The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs UN OCHA described the event as a severe blow to a tattered health system 523 Before its closure the Al Sabaeen paediatric hospital standing amid bombed out buildings in the center of Sanaʽa had been the primary paediatric hospital in the area 524 Before the crisis it had a catchment population of about 300 000 but since the crisis that number has risen to almost 3 million with the entire governorate reliant on it for specialist care said Save the Children spokesperson Mark Kaye 524 525 A joint report by the UK based charity Action on Armed Violence AOAV and the UN OCHA that concluded that airstrikes were responsible for 60 percent of civilian casualties in the first seven months of 2015 526 527 came to the result that more than half 53 per cent of the reported civilian toll was recorded in Sanaʽa and surrounding districts 528 On 7 January 2016 HRW reported and condemned that the Saudi Arabia led coalition forces had used cluster bombs on residential areas of Sanaa on 6 January 292 On 8 January the United Nations warned that their use could be a war crime 290 291 529 530 The UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon said he was particularly concerned about reports of intense airstrikes in residential areas and on civilian buildings in Sanaʽa including the Chamber of Commerce a wedding hall and a centre for the blind 530 531 HRW investigation of six apparently unlawful airstrikes in residential areas of Sanaa city in September and October 2015 that according to HRW failed to distinguish civilians from military objectives or caused disproportionate civilian loss 532 Date Location Objectives struck Civilians killed at least Civilians injured if known men women children total4 September Hadda Neighborhood Sanaʽa four story apartment building 0 1 2 318 September Marib Street Sanaʽa house and unused iron lathe workshop 3 1 1 5 818 September Old City Sanaʽa buildings of the World Heritage Site 4 2 7 13 1221 September Al Hassaba Neighborhood Sanaʽa homes in the densely populated residential area 3 6 11 20 23 September Al Asbahi Neighborhood Sanaʽa buildings in the residential neighborhood 7 2 10 19 26 October Thabwa Sanaʽa buildings in the residential neighborhood 2civilian airstrike casualties for all 6 airstrikes investigated by HRW report of 21 December 2015 60 Internally Displaced Persons IDP Edit Development of the number of IDPs and IDP returnees January 2010 June 2018 533 534 535 In April and May 2015 mass displacement was observed primarily in Saada Amran and Hajjah governorates as airstrikes and shelling intensified in the north of Yemen 516 On 13 April OCHA reported that as of 11 April more than 120 000 people were estimated to have been internally displaced since 26 March 2015 536 On 17 May the UN citing Yemen s health services said that as of 15 May 545 000 had been internally displaced because of the war 537 538 up from 450 000 announced on 15 May 2015 538 539 540 On 1 June the UN announced that 1 019 762 people had been internally displaced as of 28 May 2015 541 542 On 6 July the UN announced that as of 2 July there were 1 267 590 internally displaced people in Yemen 543 On 5 August a task force of the Global Protection Cluster announced their estimate of 1 439 118 internally displaced persons from more than 250 000 households in Yemen 544 On 15 October the IOM UNHCR displacement tracking mechanism published new data showing in the 5th RFPM report that the IDP population had reached 2 305 048 people 545 546 The 6th RFPM report published on 10 December 2015 gave a figure of 2 509 068 internally displaced persons 258 Much of the increase from the previous report published in October could be attributed to improved tracking methods 258 545 Starvation and diseases Edit See also Famine in Yemen Let Yemen Live protest at US and Saudi missions to the UN New York City December 2017 On 14 June 2015 OCHA reported a large outbreak of Dengue fever that killed over 113 people and infected over 4 000 Patients could not be treated due to lack of water in affected areas OCHA was also investigating reports of a Measles outbreak Health officials considered the breakdown in health services including decrease in immunization coverage closure of health facilities and difficulty in accessing health services as possible contributing factors 547 In June 2015 Oxfam s humanitarian programme manager in Sanaa said that Saudi led naval blockade means it s impossible to bring anything into the country There are lots of ships with basic things like flour that are not allowed to approach The situation is deteriorating hospitals are now shutting down without diesel People are dying of simple diseases 23 On 1 July 2015 the UN announced that Yemen was at the highest level of humanitarian disaster with over 80 of the population needing help UN agencies agreed to classify Yemen as a level 3 emergency as the UN Envoy for Yemen stated that Yemen is one step away from famine 548 In February 2016 the OCHA reported that 21 million people 85 of the population were in need of some form of humanitarian assistance 7 6 million people were severely food insecure and that more than 3 4 million children were not attending school 480 On 4 October 2016 the UN children s agency UNICEF said 1 5 million children in Yemen suffer of malnutrition including 370 000 enduring very severe malnutrition 549 In October 2016 health authorities in Yemen confirmed a cholera outbreak in Sanaa and Taiz 550 In June 2017 cholera cases passed 100 000 with 798 deaths in the country The water and sanitation systems are largely inoperable 551 Numerous international humanitarian organisations have pointed to the Saudi led naval and aerial blockade and bombing campaign as central causes behind the preventable cholera epidemic 552 553 With the right medicines these diseases are all completely treatable but the Saudi Arabia led coalition is stopping them from getting in Grant Pritchard Save the Children s interim country director for Yemen April 2017 Vice News 554 More than 50 000 children in Yemen died from starvation in 2017 555 556 The number rose to 85 000 as of December 2018 557 The famine in Yemen is the direct result of the Saudi Arabian led intervention and blockade of Yemen 558 559 In December 2017 the Guardian reported Data on coalition airstrikes collected by the Yemen Data Project have recorded 356 air raids targeting farms 174 targeting market places and 61 air raids targeting food storage sites from March 2015 to the end of September 2017 560 According to the OCHA s March 2019 report 108 889 suspected cholera and acute watery diarrhea cases were reported between January and mid March with one third cases of children below 5 five years Around 190 people died in the mentioned period 561 In August 2016 a Joint Incidents Assessment Team was formed by the coalition parties to investigate alleged laws of war violations 562 But the team failed to meet international standards regarding transparency impartiality and independence It failed to investigate and apply human rights law in the civil war and instead acted as a shield against the parties accountable for the war 563 Operation costs EditIn December 2015 David Ottaway a senior scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington estimated the Saudi led military coalition was spending 200 million a day on military operations in Yemen His sources speculate that the Saudis are supplying most of the funding 564 On 20 October 2020 State Secretariat for Economic Affairs Seco published a report that Swiss companies exported war material to the value of almost 690 million francs According to this report Saudi Arabia currently involved in a conflict in Yemen bought war material from Switzerland for 3 8 million francs 565 Responses EditIn Yemen Edit Opposition Edit Yemen s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was initially allied with Houthis until they assassinated him on accounts of treason Following the call by the leader of the Houthi movement Abdul Malik al Houthi tens of thousands Yemenis of various socioeconomic backgrounds took to the streets of the rebel controlled capital Sanaʽa to voice their anger at the Saudi intervention 566 On 21 April 2015 representatives of 19 Yemeni political parties and associations rejected UN Resolution 2216 stating that it encouraged terrorist expansion intervened in Yemen s sovereign affairs violated Yemen s right of self defence and emphasized the associations support of the Yemeni Army 567 568 On 23 April a spokesman for the Houthis said UN sponsored peace talks should continue but only following a complete halt of attacks by the coalition 569 In a televised address on 24 April Saleh called on the Houthis and other armed groups to withdraw from the territory they had seized and participate in UN sponsored peace talks in exchange for an end to the air campaign 570 Exiled Yemeni Foreign Minister rejected the peace proposal saying that Saleh had no role in the talks 571 On 26 April the General Authority for Archeology and Museums in Yemen condemned attacks targeting historical sites The statement highlighted an attack that completely destroyed an ancient fortress in the Damt District of the Ad Dali Governorate 572 Yemeni political parties issued a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon requesting that he continue the peace talks The letter emphasized that Yemen was still under attack by air land and sea and that the existing blockade was increasing the humanitarian crisis and that education had been denied for 3 million students due to the random attacks 573 On 2 May 2015 the Yemenis Forum of Persons With Disability stated that 300 centres and organizations had been forced to stop operations following the intervention The organization denounced the air and sea blockade that increased the suffering of the disabled greatly 574 The same day Hussein al Ezzi the Houthi head of foreign relations sent a letter addressed to Secretary General Ban seeking an end to the unjustified Saudi aggression 575 He asked the UN to seek an end to what Houthis described as blatant aggression against the country 576 On 7 May 17 humanitarian agencies stressed that life saving aid would run out in a week and emphasized the need to remove the existing blockade The International Non Government Organizations Forum in Yemen appealed for allowing basic materials to enter the country immediately 577 On 10 May Houthi military spokesman Sharaf Luqman welcomed the Russian initiative which advocated a suspension of military operations and also lifting the blockade 578 On 26 March 2017 the second anniversary of the war over a hundred thousand Houthi supporters demonstrated in Sanaa protesting the Saudi aggression and expressing solidarity 579 Support Edit Yemen s President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in Riyadh Saudi Arabia 7 May 2015 Anti Houthi groups especially Sunnis while supporting the intervention did not wish for the return to power of Hadi since they viewed him as the man who ceded control of the capital without a fight six months ago 580 On 3 April the Al Islah party the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood declared its support for the campaign 581 Supporters of the party reportedly suffered consequences including kidnappings and raids as a result of this declaration 582 583 On 26 April the foreign minister in Hadi s government Riad Yaseen rejected Saleh s calls for UN sponsored peace talks on the ground 584 Saudi Arabia Edit Opposition Edit On 5 April a firefight broke out between anti government Shiite rioters and security forces in Saudi Arabia s Shiite minority in Eastern Province with one police officer killed and three others injured 585 The firefight broke out after calls in the Eastern Province to protest against the military intervention 586 On 29 April King Salman dismissed his appointed crown prince Muqrin of Saudi Arabia Some regional political analysts speculated that the decision was precipitated by Muqrin s alleged opposition to the intervention Salman appointed Muhammad bin Nayef who publicly announced his support of the operation to replace Muqrin 587 588 Support Edit On 21 April Saudi prince Al Waleed bin Talal reportedly offered 100 Bentleys to participating pilots The announcement was met with substantial criticism 589 Among the general populace the war was popular 590 Other coalition countries Edit Bahrain Edit On 3 April Bahrainis protested against the war on Yemen 591 A prominent Bahraini opposition politician Fadhel Abbas was reportedly arrested by Bahraini authorities for condemning the bombing as flagrant aggression 592 Egypt Edit Supporters of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood demonstrated against Egypt s military intervention 593 Kuwait Edit Shiite parliament member Abdul Hamid Dashti reportedly criticized the war and described it as an act of aggression 594 A prominent Shiite lawyer Khalid Al Shatti was summoned by Kuwaiti authorities for his criticism of the Saudi government 595 On 28 April Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah stated that the only solution to the Yemen crisis was political 596 International Edit Main article International reactions to the Saudi led intervention in Yemen 2015 present Foreign Ministers of the U S the U K Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates before a working dinner focused on Yemen 19 July 2016 The Arab League United States Turkey OIC and Hamas voiced support for the intervention 597 598 599 600 but the European Union Russia 601 and the United Nations criticised it 602 603 604 The United Kingdom and France supported the intervention 605 and along with Canada have supplied the Saudi military with equipment 606 607 608 Iran condemned intervention as US backed aggression 609 Iran s U N Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo said that those who violate international law including international humanitarian law should be held accountable for their acts and there should be no room for impunity 610 Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi expressed the Iraqi government s opposition to the intervention This Yemen war can engulf the whole region in another conflict We don t need another sectarian war in the region 611 The Hezbollah secretary general criticized Saudi Arabia and its allies saying all invaders end up being defeated 612 The Chinese foreign ministry expressed in January 2016 its support for the intervention and the Hadi government while stressing its desire for a resumption of stability in Yemen 613 Somalia s government blamed the Saudi led coalition for the killing of at least 42 Somali refugees off the Yemeni coast Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire called the attack on a boat carrying refugees atrocious and appalling 398 Protesters against the US backed Saudi led war on Yemen were led away handcuffed by New York police outside the US mission to the UN on 11 December 2017 Asian countries including China India Malaysia and Pakistan moved within days to evacuate their citizens from Yemen 614 615 616 617 On 4 April the ICRC called for a 24 hour humanitarian ceasefire after the coalition blocked three aid shipments to Yemen 618 Russia also called for humanitarian pauses in the coalition bombing campaign bringing the idea before the United Nations Security Council in a 4 April emergency meeting 619 Saudi Arabia s UN ambassador raised questions over whether humanitarian pauses are the best way of delivering humanitarian assistance 620 On 7 April China renewed calls for an immediate ceasefire 621 On 10 April the Pakistani Parliament declined a Saudi Arabian request to join the coalition The Parliament clarified the wish to maintain a neutral diplomatic stance 622 On 16 April a group of US and UK based Yemen scholars wrote an open letter stating that the operation was illegal under international law and calling for the UN to enforce an immediate ceasefire 623 On 19 April international aid agency Oxfam condemned SA over airstrikes it said hit one of its warehouses containing humanitarian supplies in Saada 624 Aid groups came out against the air campaign Amnesty International said some of the coalition s airstrikes appear to have failed to take necessary precautions to minimize harm to civilians and damage to civilian objects 625 Reporters without Borders condemned a strike in Sanaa on 20 April that caused the deaths of four employees of Al Yemen Al Youm TV and injured ten others it also condemned attacks on journalists by pro Houthi forces 626 On 4 May the UN called on the coalition to stop attacking Sanaa Airport to allow delivery of humanitarian aid 627 On 10 May the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen stated that the attacks on Saada province were in breach of international law 628 On 29 June Secretary General Ban Ki moon denounced a coalition airstrike that had hit a UN compound in Aden the previous day and requested a full investigation 629 Human Rights Watch criticized the UN Security Council repeatedly for remaining almost silent on coalition abuses 255 248 630 In January 2016 an unpublished United Nations panel investigating the Saudi led bombing campaign in Yemen uncovered widespread and systematic attacks on civilian targets in violation of international humanitarian law calling UN Security Council up for an international commission of inquiry 290 297 298 Saudi Arabia had previously objected to an inquiry being set up 290 631 and had not been supported by Western governments 434 632 633 634 In February 2016 the Secretary General of the UN UNSG Ban Ki moon raised strong concerns over continued Saudi led airstrikes saying that coalition air strikes in particular continue to strike hospitals schools mosques and civilian infrastructures in Yemen He urged States that are signatories to the Arms Trade Treaty to control arms flows to actors that may use them in ways that breach of international humanitarian law 635 636 In June 2016 Ban Ki moon removed a Saudi led coalition from a list of children s rights violators 637 saying that Saudi Arabia threatened to cut Palestinian aid and funds to other UN programs if coalition was not removed from blacklist for killing children in Yemen According to one source there was also a threat of clerics in Riyadh meeting to issue a fatwa against the UN declaring it anti Muslim which would mean no contacts of OIC members no relations contributions support to any UN projects programs 638 In September 2016 British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was accused of blocking the UN inquiry into Saudi war crimes in Yemen 639 In April 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron voiced support for the Saudi Arabian led intervention in Yemen and defended France s arms sales to the Saudi led coalition 640 France authorised 18 billion 16 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia in 2015 608 Bahri Abha the Saudi Arabian ship arrived on 10 December 2019 at the Sagunto Valencia port where they were faced by Spanish Control Arms campaign organizations Since the beginning of the Yemen war the same ship has reportedly ferried 162 million worth of US made arms to the kingdom The organizations of the likes of Amnesty International FundiPau Greenpeace and Oxfam Intermon have objected to the shipment of arms from Spanish port 641 On June 15 2020 Secretary General of the UN Antonio Guterres removed the Saudi led coalition from a list of children s rights violators despite continued grave violations against children in Yemen 642 Al Qaeda and Islamic State EditSee also al Qaeda insurgency in Yemen Both al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula AQAP and Islamic State had a presence in Yemen before the Saudi led intervention AQAP had controlled substantial pieces of territory for some time while Islamic State claimed for twin bombings in Sanaa the following month that killed 140 people and injured hundreds more 643 The two radical groups have used the conflict to expand and consolidate an obvious fact accepted by the Pentagon 644 The Houthis disengaged fighting AQAP to face rival Yemeni militias at the same time as they were being hit by coalition air strikes 644 645 A source indicates that Yemeni troops in the south remained in their bases instead of confronting al Qaeda militants fearing Saudi air strikes on any troop movements 646 There are questions about the ability of the country to confront its Islamist militancy problem due to the major infrastructure damage caused by the war 646 Within weeks of the commencement of the Yemen s civil war AQAP had exploited the chaos to capture the south eastern port city of Mukalla 647 along with nearby military transport and economic infrastructure 644 A series of prison breaks by al Qaeda they emptied Mukalla s jail of 300 prisoners and emptied 1 200 inmates in June 2015 from the central prison in Taiz released jailed jihadists of all ranks 648 649 Reports indicate that Yemen s prisons had in preceding years reportedly become de facto jihadi academies as veteran militants were placed in cells alongside young regular criminals 646 The coalition campaign against the Houthis in Yemen s city of Aden in July 2015 and subsequent chaos increased AQAP and Islamic State presence in the city 650 Residents of Aden faced a wave of bombings and shootings that prevented efforts at stabilization 651 AQAP conducted assassinations of judges security officials and police 652 On 26 August 2015 Bob Semple a British petroleum engineer who was kidnapped and held as a hostage by Al Qaeda in Yemen was freed by the UAE armed forces after 18 months of captivity 653 At the start of February 2016 AQAP recaptured Azzan an important commercial city in Shabwa province 654 A few weeks later al Qaeda fighters and Saudi led coalition forces were seen fighting a common target the Houthis 29 But the situation is different in Aden the AQAP ISIS and pro Hadi that were fighting a common enemy in Taiz are enemies in Aden On 29 February 2016 a suicide car killed 4 pro Hadi troops in Shiek Othman district in Aden the city that Hadi uses as a temporary capital 655 The United Arab Emirates has spearheaded an active role against fighting AQAP and ISIL YP presence in Yemen through a partnership with the United States 656 In April 2016 UAE armed forces assisted Yemeni forces in retaking the city of Mukalla from AQAP during the Battle of Mukalla 657 658 In August 2017 the UAE armed forces assisted a Yemeni army offensive against AQAP in Shabwah Governorate 659 In an Op Ed in The Washington Post Yousef Al Otaiba the UAE ambassador to the United States described that the intervention has reduced AQAP presence in Yemen to its weakest point since 2012 with many areas previously under their control liberated 660 The ambassador declared that more than 2 000 militants have been removed from the battlefield with their controlled areas now having improved security and a better delivered humanitarian and development assistance such as to the port city of Mukalla and other liberated areas 660 An Associated Press investigation outlined that the military coalition in Yemen actively reduced AQAP in Yemen without military intervention instead by offering them deals and even actively recruiting them in the coalition because they are considered as exceptional fighters 661 UAE Brigadier General Musallam Al Rashidi responded to the accusations by stating that Al Qaeda cannot be reasoned with and cited that multiple of his soldiers have been killed by them 662 The UAE military stated that accusations of allowing AQAP to leave with cash contradicts their primary objective of depriving AQAP of its financial strength 663 The notion of the coalition recruiting or paying AQAP has been thoroughly denied by the United States Pentagon with Colonel Robert Manning spokesperson of the Pentagon calling the news source patently false 664 The governor of Hadramut Faraj al Bahsani dismissed the accusations that Al Qaeda has joined with the coalition rank explaining that if they did there would be sleeper cells and that he would be the first one to be killed According to The Independent AQAP activity on social media as well as the number of terror attacks conducted by them has decreased since the Emirati intervention 663 In January 2019 CNN stated that Saudi Arabia and the UAE provided al Qaeda linked groups in Yemen with US made military equipment including vehicles 665 666 On 25 June 2019 Saudi special forces announced that they captured the leader of the ISIL YP Abu Osama al Muhajer on the 3 June along with other members including the chief financial officer of the organization 667 In April 2020 Yemeni journalist Salah Bin Laghbar revealed documents showing cooperation between Saudi led coalition and al Qaeda in Yemen An official document from the al Humiqani tribe warns Saudi led coalition against sending weapons to terrorist organizations through the Al Rashad Party Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist Abdul Rahman Abu al Harith al Humiqani who is affiliated with Daesh 668 Other effects Edit Registration of Indian citizens evacuating from Yemen March 2015 On 25 March 2015 Gulf Air the Bahraini flag carrier airline announced the immediate suspension of service to Sanaʽa 669 Somali airlines such as Daallo Airlines and Jubba Airways also encountered difficulties as they were unable to fly over Yemen after its airspace became restricted 670 On 15 April 2015 Turkish Airlines suspended all Yemen flights until 1 June 671 Following Hadi s request the administration of the Egypt based Nilesat and Saudi based Arabsat two satellite communication companies stopped broadcasting Yemeni state run television channels that had fallen under Houthi control The channels included Al Yemen Al Eman Saba News Agency and Aden TV Armed Houthis closed down the Sanaʽa offices of four media outlets including Al Jazeera Yemen Shabab and Suhail channels as well as Al Masdar s newspaper and website Al Saeeda channel was also stormed but was allowed to remain open on the condition it not broadcast anti Houthi material Houthi Political Office member Mohammad Al Bukhaiti said the channels were closed for supporting the coalition 672 King Salman replaced his half brother Muqrin as crown prince with Muhammad bin Nayef and named his son Mohammed bin Salman as defence minister and then Ambassador to the United States Adel al Jubeir as foreign minister Some reports linked the cabinet reshuffle to the war 673 674 At least one political analyst suggested that Muqrin was not supportive of the military intervention and that this cost him his position 675 Prince Muqrin s Yemeni Lineage was pointed out as another possible cause 676 The exiled Yemeni government sent a request to the UN asking for foreign troops on the ground 677 On 19 June 2015 WikiLeaks announced the intention of releasing over 500 000 Saudi diplomatic documents to the internet In its statement WikiLeaks referred to a recent electronic attack on the Saudi Foreign Ministry by a group calling itself the Yemen Cyber Army but did not indicate whether they passed the documents to WikiLeaks 678 Peace efforts EditThis section needs to be updated Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information April 2019 Main article Yemeni peace process Cease fire talks Edit On 15 May 2015 new UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed proposed peace talks in Geneva Rebel spokesman Hamed al Bokheiti said the Houthis were willing to hold talks in any neutral country 679 Five days later the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki moon announced that peace talks would be held in Geneva starting on 28 May and urged all parties to participate 680 Houthi rebels reiterated their support for the talks while exiled government officials said they would participate only if the Houthi s withdrew from occupied cities 681 On 26 May Ban announced that the peace talks were to be postponed indefinitely after exiled Yemeni officials refused to attend until rebels withdrew from all occupied cities 682 On 6 June the UN announced that peace talks would take place on 14 June 683 Both the exiled officials and the Houthi group confirmed their attendance 356 15 19 June 2015 talks Edit Secretary General Ban called for a humanitarian pause during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan Peace talks between the exiled government and the Houthis concluded in Geneva without reaching a ceasefire 684 685 Ramadan peace agreement Edit On 4 July 2015 Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam said in a post on his Facebook page that he had met Ahmed on Friday to discuss a Ramadan truce The US and EU announced their support for a humanitarian truce 686 On 9 July the UN announced an unconditional truce between 10 July until the end of Eid ul Fitr on 17 July The Special Envoy to Yemen assured the agreement of all warring factions 687 The truce was interrupted within an hour by airstrikes 688 Coalition spokesman later added that the coalition was not bound by the truce and that any truce would be counterproductive 689 It later added that it was not requested to pause by the exiled Yemeni Government 690 Further peace talks Edit On 8 September 2015 Vice News revealed a leaked email by UN Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed In it the envoy confirms that Houthi rebels and the party of former president and Houthi ally Ali Abdullah Saleh have expressed willingness to accept with some reservations a UN Security Council resolution approved in April This demanded the rebels withdraw their forces from all areas they have seized including the capital Sanaa AA GPC agreed to a new wording on UNSC resolution 2216 that states unequivocally that they are committed to the implementation of 2216 see document attached with the exception of article which infringe on Yemeni sovereignty and those related to sanctions wrote Ould Cheikh Ahmed referring to Ansar Allah AA another name for the Houthis and Saleh s General People s Congress party GPC In addition the new text includes acceptance of the return of the current government for a period of 60 days during which a government of national unity shall be formed wrote the envoy in the email According to Ould Cheikh Ahmed during talks the Houthis gave ground on certain language including mandatory support by the international community for reconstruction that was in the earlier version The latter was particularly opposed by KSA Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and GCC Gulf Cooperation Council who did not want it to be interpreted as a form of mandatory compensation added the UN envoy 691 On 10 September UN Envoy to Yemen announced that all parties had agreed to peace talks A statement from Hadi s office following a meeting on the issue of new talks affirmed the president s complete support for the sincere efforts exerted by the special envoy It urged Ahmed to exert efforts to achieve the public and honest commitment on the part of the Houthis and Saleh to implement 14 April council resolution unconditionally 692 On 13 September the exiled Yemeni government announced that it would no longer participate in the peace talks 693 2016 talks Edit On 18 April peace talks aimed at ending Yemen s civil war that were set to begin faltered before they could start when delegates representing Yemen s Houthi rebels refused to attend 694 On 20 April talks convened based on UN Security Council resolution 2216 which called for the Houthi fighters to withdraw from areas they seized since 2014 and hand heavy weapons back to the government 695 On 6 August the UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced the suspension in Kuwait where the talks were being held He said that the negotiations were not a failure and that they would resume in a month at an undisclosed location Mr Ahmed is the second United Nations envoy to try to broker peace talks between the Houthis and other factions in Yemen since March 2015 His predecessor quit after similar peace talk efforts failed After the breakdown of the talks one of the Houthi negotiators Nasser Bagazgooz blamed the United Nations envoy for seeking what he said amounted to a military solution on behalf of the Saudi led coalition 696 Previous negotiations floated the idea of forming a unity government composed of Houthi and former Hadi government leaders But the exiled Hadi leaders have consistently rejected any deal that 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