November 10-15: Coalition temporarily halts al-Hudaydah offensive, Congressional Republicans prevent debate on Yemen


UN Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths pushed back the timeline for peace talks in Yemen, estimating that “they will try to bring them together by the end of the year.” This setback is concurrent with the renewed offensive on al-Hudaydah by the Saudi-led coalition.

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies published their Yemen Review for October. The Report is a detailed outline of the events of the past month, from the role of US Mercenaries in Yemen to the impact of Cyclone Luban on al-Mahrah governorate.


The Yemen Data Project reported that between October 31st and November 9th, there were “86 air raids” on the city of al-Hudaydah. This rate of bombing is “nearly double that seen in all of October.”

Fighting in Hudaydah has entered residential streets, as Al Jazeera reported that “at least 149 Yemenis, including seven civilians, were killed” from November 11th to the 12th.  Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reported that “there are people stuck [in Hudaydah] who could not find ways of leaving because of the blocked roads and many checkpoints set up by Houthi fighters.”

Journalist Samuel Oakford reported on the barriers to declaring an official famine in Yemen. Outlining difficulties in data collection and the political machinations that a famine declaration would exist within, he provides a detailed analysis of the current state of food scarcity in Yemen.


The Saudi led Coalition tentatively agreed to Houthi medical evacuation, a “major development given that this was a prior block to” UN-sponsored Geneva talks in September.  


The AP released a report detailing “how often civilians are mistakenly hit by drone strikes, at a time when the Trump administration has dramatically ramped up the use of armed drones.” The AP notes that so far, the Trump administration has carried out “176 strikes”, while the Obama administration carried out “154 strikes during the entire eight years” in office.

Congressional Republicans prevented "a debate about US military involvement in Yemen, attaching a one-line rule change” to the Trojan horse of the “Manage our Wolves Act” in order to “prevent a debate and vote on the Yemen war taking place in the house until January, when the newly elected Democratic majority take their seats.”


The Saudi-led coalition has “ordered a temporary halt to its offensive” on the city of al-Hudaydah. This pause in fighting seems to be in response to the shuttle diplomacy efforts of Jeremy Hunt, the UK Foreign Secretary, however Saudi Commanders have stated that “the offensive would resume if the Houthis attacked coalition positions.”

The Mawatana Organization for Human Rights reported “heavy damage from ground fighting and airstrikes to at least 34 archaeological sites over the past four years.” The organization urged for the “international community to protect Yemen's ‘collective memory’.”