On 16 April 2019, US President Donald Trump vetoed S.J. Res. 7 to withdraw American support for the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition in Yemen. The resolution had passed both houses of Congress with bipartisan support. It is now up to Congress to decide whether it will attempt to overturn the veto and end US involvement in the war, or to pursue separate legislation (USA Today, 17 April 2019).
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 68,000 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 real-time and releases regular analysis of the conflict. Find a collection of reports and other resources below. This page will be updated as new data and analysis becomes available.
For an explanation of ACLED’s methodology for collecting data on the Yemen conflict, click here.
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