August 8-13: Airstrike on school bus draws international attention; new report details prison abuses


International aid groups protested the "symbol of aggression and oppression" the San'a airport has become. There have been 56 coalition airstrikes on the airport in the past two years, an average of one every two weeks.   

Yemen’s ambassador to the US, Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, argued Wednesday that the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal would “contribute to the end of the war in Yemen.”


An airstrike from the Saudi-led coalition hit a school bus, killing at least 43 and wounding 63. At least 29 of those killed were children under 15. The coalition defended the attack as a “legitimate military operation”.


The UN Security Council called for a transparent investigation into the air raid that killed 51. The coalition announced Friday that it had launched a probe of the strike. Such investigations are carried out by a taskforce created and controlled by the coalition; the US, UK, and coalition states have prevented the creation of an independent investigative body.

Yemeni Minister for Human Rights Mohamed Askar said the increasing drone strikes on Yemen were undermining the democratic principles the nation seeks to uphold. Askar emphasized the importance of investing in infrastructure and government institutions if Yemen is to become the democratic country it aspires to be.


Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Houthis on Saturday. The missile was launched toward the province of Jazan.  


Al Jazeera claims to have received a report by Yemeni military figures detailing the mass abuses occurring in prisons across southern Yemen by Emirati personnel and their Yemeni surrogates. Detainees have endured rape, electrocution and beatings, and have been kept in narrow spaces with limited ventilation.

A Yemeni military source reported on Sunday that five Houthi members were killed in Hudaydah.


UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths published remarks on Saturday that said the talks in September between the Yemeni government and the Houthis will focus on a transitional governance deal and disarmament.

Thousands gathered in Sa’dah on Monday to attend the funerals of the 51 people killed in coalition airstrikes on Thursday.