July 16-23: No clear progress in negotiations as conditions in Hudaydah worsen


After months of local protests, the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition has given up control of al-Ghayda airport in eastern Yemen according to Al Jazeera.

Houthi shelling in Ta’iz killed 3 civilians and injured 6 others today. The Houthis have continued the current spate of shelling for over two weeks.

Fighting in Hudaydah Governorate killed at least 30 civilians in the first two weeks of July.


A spate of assassinations of imams and other religious figures in Aden has been ongoing since 2015. Another assassination was carried out by unidentified gunmen this week, the 36th since mid-2015.

President Hadi says he has no regrets about requesting the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

A group of tribal leaders from Sa’dah appealed to the coalition to continue its efforts in the war against Houthis. Many of these leaders have been targeted by the Houthis since the war began.  

General Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar, a military commander related to both former President Saleh and current VP Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, was killed in Marib. Houthi sources claim he died in a rebel IED attack on the vice president’s convoy, while coalition sources claim he was killed during a training exercise.


“The UAE’s growing investment in Yemen’s energy and security infrastructure is increasingly the driving force behind its counterterrorism involvement,” according to a new report published by the Carnegie Endowment.


Conditions in Hudaydah City are "not fit for humans," according to a spokesman for the NRC. Tens of thousands of families have fled the city during the ongoing “pause” in fighting, while food and fuel supplies are threatened.

Lockheed Martin is the beneficiary of a new $225 million expansion to an existing contract that includes development of ships for the Saudi Royal Navy.


An article in the Economist explained some of the UAE's broader economic and military ambitions in the Horn of Africa region, with mention of how a naval base in Assab, in southern Eritrea, has been used by the coalition against the Houthis, and will potentially be used as a jumping off point for the assault on al-Hudaydah.


The Yemeni riyal continues to depreciate against major foreign currencies, impacting people's ability to pay for basic commodities and decimating their monthly salaries

The unique ecosystem of Soqotra is threatened by infrastructure developments by foreign powers.

The Hadi government demanded the release of all detainees before any peace talks with Houthis.

Yemeni immigrants in Brooklyn describe the effect of the travel ban on their families and businesses.