May 21-30: Coalition continues toward Hudaydah as UN officials express concern


Oxfam’s Scott Paul was featured on an episode of UN Dispatch podcast, explaining the impact of the Saudi-led coalition’s restrictions on shipping on people in southern Yemen.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released a statement on the situation in Yemen expressing concern about escalating hostilities in the Tihamah coastal region.


Just Security explained the regional conflict surrounding the Yemeni island of Soqotra, where the UAE established a military presence, sparking local protests.


The personal bodyguard of the interior minister in Hadi’s government was assassinated in Aden.  

Children in Ma’rib staged a silent demonstration to protest the Houthis’ shelling of a residential neighborhood, which led to the death of five civilians and injured 22 others.  


Nineteen Yemenis were announced missing after the cyclone Mekunu hit Soqotra. The Yemeni government declared Soqotra a disaster area.

Crisis Group’s Yemen expert, April Alley, visited Aden and reported on her experience there, detailing interviews with several political, military, and civilian representatives.


Coalition forces continued to march on Hudaydah, with violent clashes along the way.


Iran plans to hold a new round of talks with European nations on the Yemen conflict, Bloomberg reports.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released its weekly humanitarian update, specifically addressing humanitarian relief in the wake of the cyclone as well as escalated fighting on the west coast.


Internationally-recognized government army and coalition forces are reportedly within 20km of Hudaydah.


Houthis reportedly moved fifty Iranian experts from Hudaydah to other locations as coalition forces push further into the city’s hinterland, according to pro-coalition sources.

Houthis reportedly arrested several officials in the GPC including Khalid Abu-Edah and Amer Rafiq during a funeral in San’a. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

Pro-government forces reportedly continued advancing into Ta’iz and took control of strategic points, including al-Owaid mountain and the hills of al-Barkanah and Asilah.