On 13 February 2019, the United States (US) House of Representatives voted to approve H.J. Res. 37 to withdraw American military support for the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition in Yemen (US Congress, 13 February 2019). Although majority leadership in the Senate effectively blocked the resolution, a similar resolution sponsored by a bipartisan group of Senators was approved on 13 March 2019 (New York Times, 13 March 2019). Though President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the resolution, the House of Representatives will likely approve the measure and send it to the White House for a decision.

Four years into the conflict, the scale of destruction in Yemen has reached unprecedented levels, and the country is likely to see the worst humanitarian disaster of 2019. ACLED data indicate that the war has caused over 60,000 total reported fatalities since 2016, with more than 30,600 just last year — an 82% increase from 2017. All parties to the conflict commonly target civilians, and thousands have been reported killed. Simultaneously, groups like Save the Children estimate that starvation and disease have killed another 85,000 children (Save the Children, 20 November 2018), while millions of Yemenis are displaced and in need of aid (Save the Children, 30 January 2019; United Nations, 7 February 2019). Though the United Nations (UN) brokered an agreement between Saudi- and Emirati-backed Yemeni forces and Houthi militants late last year — which included a ceasefire in the embattled Red Sea port city of Hodeidah — continued fighting has put the deal under immense strain. Its ultimate success or failure will be critical for the peace process and the country’s future in 2019.

In partnership with the Yemen Data Project, ACLED collects data on Yemen in realtime and releases regular analysis of the conflict. Find a collection of reports and other resources below.

Increasing Tribal Resistance to Houthi Rule

Ten Conflicts to Worry About in 2019 – Yemen

How Houthi-planted Mines are Killing Civilians in Yemen

PRESS RELEASE: Yemen War death toll now exceeds 60,000 according to latest ACLED data

Yemen’s Urban Battlegrounds: Violence and Politics in Sana’a, Aden, Ta’izz and Hodeidah

Targeting Islamists: Assassinations in South Yemen

Exporting (In)Stability: The UAE’s Role in Yemen and the Horn of Africa

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen: A Continued Threat?

Special Focus on Coalition Forces in the Middle East:  The Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen

For an explanation of ACLED’s methodology for collecting data on the Yemen conflict, click here

For press inquiries or interview requests, please contact: communications@acleddata.com

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Sam Jones is a Communications Officer & Researcher with ACLED. He earned his BA in Political Theory from Franklin & Marshall College and his MA in Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights from American University's School of International Service. His research centers on political violence and protest movements, and he previously worked to document human rights violations in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.
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