After facing criticism and threats for attacking vessels in the Red Sea, the Houthis announced a halt on naval military activity. The ceasefire will take place from August 1 to 15, according to Houthi leader Mohammed al-Houthi, who said this period could be extended with the cooperation of the coalition.
UNICEF called for a halt to the destruction of civilian infrastructure and water facilities. The statement references the coalition's bombing of a sanitation center and water station last week.
UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths announced Thursday that warring sides will be invited to Geneva in September to discuss a framework for peace negotiations. The discussions will also include confidence-building measures, including the release of prisoners.
Mortar shells in Hudaydah killed 55 and injured 170. A neighborhood, fish market, and the largest hospital in Yemen, al-Thawra, were all struck. The shells were launched from the ground, however it is unclear who is responsible. Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki blamed the attacks on the Houthis, claiming only they were within mortar range. The Houthis continue to reject this.
WHO warned of a third cholera epidemic based on recent data. The organization called on all parties to “lay down arms” to allow for a mass vaccination campaign.
The UN Population Fund reported that pregnant women are at “extreme risk” due in large part to the destruction of key health facilities. The maternal mortality rate has more than doubled from its 2015 rate of 385 deaths per 100,000 births.
An Emirati News Agency report discussed the efforts of the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance to make Yemen landmine free and support Yemenis in removing the mines independently. One million mines have been placed since 2015, and 1,194 civilians have been killed.
Fighting in Hudaydah over the last two days has killed 80, Yemeni officials report. Another 100 have been wounded in al-Durayhimi by fighting and coalition airstrikes.
An AP investigation revealed the extent of ties between coalition states and al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda fighters were paid to leave key cities and recruited by anti-Houthi militias. A number of people with known ties to AQAP have been appointed to important positions by President Hadi, and the UAE allegedly provides money and weapons to AQAP-linked fighting groups. While the Pentagon has vehemently denied complicity with al-Qaeda, interviews with Yemeni officials and al-Qaeda members have highlighted the shared interests of the US-backed coalition and AQAP in the conflict.