July 24-31: US defense budget conditions support for coalition; Griffiths continues shuttle diplomacy


Middle East Eye reports that the Yemeni government is offering high salaries, paid in Saudi riyals, to people displaced from Hudaydah who are willing to fight on the front lines. Fighting is often the only feasible way for displaced people living in government camps to earn an income.

An apparent roadside bomb killed four people and injured five, including a senior security official, in Aden.

US House and Senate leadership have released the final version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The annual defense budget bill will include two provisions relating to Yemen, one of which requires the administration to investigate US involvement in the torture of detainees by UAE forces; the other provision will place conditions on US refueling for coalition air operations. The YPP and our partner organizations have been working for several months to ensure that these amendments make it into the final law.

An apparent US airstrike killed 4 suspected AQAP operatives in Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition forced a plane belonging to the International Committee of the Red Cross to land in Saudi Arabia after the plane made a sudden change of course. The flight was later allowed to continue to its final destination.


Saudi Arabia suspended oil shipments through the Bab al-Mandeb strait after Houthi forces attacked two tankers.

For the third time and despite U.N warnings, a coalition airstrike targets a water sanitation system in Sa‘dah resulting in more than 5,000 children being cut off from drinking water and $300,000 in damages.

Oil prices are rising in response to KSA suspension of oil shipments through Bab al-Mandeb.

The Washington Post interviewed survivors of a coalition airstrike on a wedding that killed 22 civilians in May.

The Houthis claimed an attack on Abu Dhabi Airport, while the UAE denies it.


UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths met with the Houthi Leader Abd al-Malik al-Houthi by videoconference, as part of Griffiths' ongoing efforts to lay the groundwork for new peace talks.


Middle East Eye reports on South Africa's role as a major provider of arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


After coalition airstrikes targeted water stations and sanitation faculties in al-Hudaydah, UNOHCA reiterated its concern over possible consequences, including an “unstoppable” cholera outbreak.


Unknown gunmen killed an intelligence officer in Aden. There have been dozens of assassinations and attempted assassinations of officials and pro-government figures since the Houthis were driven out of Aden in 2015.

UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths met with Emir of Kuwait Sabah al-Sabah and his acting foreign affairs minister in Kuwait to discuss the recent developments in Yemen. The UN envoy praised the efforts of Kuwait and stressed that the Kuwaiti assistance is essential to reach a political solution in Yemen.

President Hadi plans to launch an economic council with representatives from the trade and manufacturing sectors.


The latest UNOCHA humanitarian update on Yemen reported that less than 50 percent of health facilities are functioning in the country with warnings of civilians being at extreme risk in al-Hudaydah.

A car bombing in Aden injured an Islah Party politician, his son, and one other person.