Yemen Crisis


Also see “Turmoil in Yemen – 2015″ SUSRIS Special Section [Link]



  • August 20, 2015 EU Statement on Bombings in Hodeida port facilities. Current conflict “is having a dramatic impact on the civilian population whose needs have reached alarming proportions.” Added, “The EU calls on all parties to the conflict to refrain from deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure. The EU urges all parties to rapidly engage in a process to put an end to the conflict.” [Link]

  • August 19, 2015 – President Hadi will be back in his palace in Aden by Eid al Adha [Sep 28] according to Yemeni sources. [Link]

  • August 19, 2015 – Merchant ship docks in Aden, first commercial cargo vessel since eruption of conflict in March. [Link]

  • August 18, 2015 – President Hadi held an “extraordinary” meeting including the Yemeni government and advisers, and the Vice President and Prime Minister Khaled Balah in Riyadh. Hadi said all provinces are on the way to being liberated. [SPA]

  • August 16, 2015 – Forces loyal to President Hadi capture city center of Taiz. [Link]

  • August 15, 2015 – Forces loyal to President Hadi seized southern province of Shabwa. [SPA] This follows loyalist forces retaking Daleh, Lahj, and Abyan. [Link]

  • August 11, 2015 – Saudi-backed forces loyal to President Hadi seized the town of Utman, Dhammar Province, about 100km south of Sanaa. [Link]

  • August 7, 2015 – Labouza base captured by pro-government forces, the last military base in the south held by Houthi rebels. [Link]

  • August 6, 2015 – First commercial flight since conflict erupted in the spring lands in Aden. [Link]

  • August 3, 2015 – Al-Anad military base falls to pro-government forces. [Link]

  • August 1, 2015 – Prime Minister and VP Khaled Bahah and six government ministers visit Aden, a few weeks after its seizure from Houthi rebels. [Link]

  • July 28, 2015 – Exiled Yemeni government issued an order for militiamen, “Popular Resistance,” fighting with loyalist troops to merge into armed forces units. [Link]

  • July 28, 2015 – UN Briefing – This was a briefing by OCHA head Stephen O’Brien on the humanitarian situation in Yemen. [Link]

  • July 10, 2015 – UN Statement – This press statement supported the implementation of an unconditional humanitarian pause by all parties to start at 11:59 pm on 10 July until the end of Ramadan. [Link]

  • June 25, 2015 – UN Statement – This press statement positively took note of the Special Envoy’s “principles” for advancing UN-brokered consultations, and reaffirmed the Council’s call on Yemeni parties to engage in talks without preconditions. [Link]

  • June 18, 2015 – UN Statement – This was a press statement condemning the 17 June 2015 terrorist attacks in Sana’a. [Link]

  • May 6, 2015 – Groups loyal to ISIS are emerging in Yemen. [Link]

  • April 21, 2015 – Saudi Arabia announces end of Operation “Decisive Storm” air campaign in Yemen, and start of Operation “Restore Hope,” “focusing on the political process, protecting the Yemeni people and repulsing any aggressive actions carried out by the Houthis.”  [Link]

  • April 17, 2015  UN – Iran Letter – This was a letter from Iran outlining a four-point peace plan for Yemen. [Link]

  • April 14, 2015 – UNSCR 2216 (S/RES/2216) – This resolution established an arms embargo on the Houthis and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. [Link]

  • April 12, 2015 – President Hadi calls Houthi rebels “puppets of Iran” and the next Hezbollah unless stopped, and Saleh as their patron, in NYTimes op-ed. [Link]

  • April 9, 2015 – Hezbollah and Revolutionary Guards (Iran) advisors were in Yemen to support Houthi rebels according to Yemeni sources cited by Asharq Alawsat. [Link]

  • April 8, 2015 – US Secretary of State Kerry warns Iran over support to Houthi rebels. “There are obviously supplies that have been coming from Iran. There are a number of flights every single week that have been flying in.” [Link]

  • April 2, 2015 – UN – This was a letter from the Secretary-General appointing the Yemen Panel of Experts. [Link]

  • March 26, 2015 – UN – GCC Letter – This was a letter from GCC members on their decision to respond to Hadi’s request to protect Yemen from Houthi aggression. [Link]

  • March 25, 2015 – Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes, Operation “Decisive Storm,” against Houthi rebels in Yemen. [Link] Objective to “remove any threats against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by ballistic missiles, heavy weapons and planes seized by the Houthi militia and their ally Ali Abdullah Saleh.” [Link]

  • March 24, 2015 – President Hadi requested Saudi assistance in “confronting the aggression carried out by the Houthi militias, troops loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh and backed by external powers against Yemen and its people, aiming to extend their dominance in Yemen and make it a base for their influence on the region, a move threatening the entire region and the international peace and security as well.” [Link]

  • March 22, 2015 – President Hadi fled Aden palace by sea as Houthi rebels advanced. [LinkLink]

  • March 22, 2015 – UNSCR Presidential Statement – This was a presidential statement condemning the Houthi’s unilateral actions and reaffirming the Council’s readiness to take further measures. [Link]

  • March 22, 2015 – UN Emergency Meeting – This was an emergency meeting on the situation in Yemen, where Special Adviser Jamal Benomar briefed from Doha by video teleconference. Yemen and Qatar, on behalf of Gulf Cooperation Council, also participated. [Link]

  • March 20, 2015 – Suicide attacks at mosques in Yemen, claimed by ISIS, kill more than 130 [Link]

  • March 19, 2015 – President Hadi’s palace attacked by two warplanes. Munitions were dropped but Hadi escaped injury. Renegade General Abdel Hafez al-Saqqaf attacked Aden’s international airport but was repelled by government forces. [Link]

  • March 9, 2015 – Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi message to King Salman calling on GCC Conference to pursue objectives in support of Yemeni State. [Link]

  • February 24, 2015 – Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi retracted his resignation after escaping house arrest in the militia-controlled capital, announced this date. [Link]

  • February 24, 2015 – UNSCR 2204 (S/RES/2204) – This was a resolution renewing the assets freeze and travel ban until 26 February 2016 and extending the mandate of the Panel of Experts until 25 March 2016. [Link]

  • February 21, 2015 – President Hadi escaped house arrest in Sanaa and fled to Aden. [Link]

  • February 20, 2015 – UN – This was the final report of the 2140 Yemen Panel of Experts. [Link]

  • February 15, 2015 – UNSCR 2201 (S/RES 2201) – This was a resolution that strongly deplored the Houthis’ actions to dissolve parliament on 6 February and take over government institutions and urged the acceleration of negotiations to reach a consensus solution regarding the political impasse. [Link]

  • February 12, 2015 – UN Briefing – This was a briefing by Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, his Special Adviser on Yemen Jamal Benomar and Ambassador Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani (Qatar) on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council. [Link]

  • January 22, 2015 – Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi resigned after Houthi rebels stormed his residence and clashed with government forces. Parliament refused to accept the resignation. [Link]

  • January 19, 2015 – Government forces and Houthi rebels battle in Sanaa. Houthis seize state TV. [Link]


  • December 15, 2014 – Iran has supplied weapons, money and training to Houthi rebels according to Yemeni, Western and Iranian sources said Reuters. [Link]

  • November 7, 2014 – Yemen announces new government, rejected by Houthis. [Link]

  • November 7, 2014 – UN – This press statement announced assets freezes and travel ban measures against former president Saleh and two Houthi military commanders. [Link]

  • October 14, 2014 – Houthi rebels capture Hudeida, Yemen’s second largest port and key supply route for Sanaa. [Link]

  • September 25, 2014 – UN Resolution – This was a resolution on technical assistance and capacity-building for Yemen in the field of human rights. [Link]

  • September 18, 2014 – Houthi rebels capture Sanaa. [Link]

  • August 30, 2014 – Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi dismissd the cabinet and reversed position on fuel subsidies. [Link]

  • August 29, 2014 – Opposition leader Abdel-Malek al-Houti calls for civil disobedience against the government and expansion of mass protests. Demands government step down and reinstate fuel subsidies. [Link]

  • August 29, 2014 – UNSCR Presidential Statement – This presidential statement expressed grave concern about the deterioration the security situation in Yemen in light of the actions taken by the Houthis. [Link]

  • August 27, 2014 – UN HR Report – This was a report on the human rights situation in Yemen. [Link]

  • April 29, 2014 – Yemeni army launched operations against Al Qaeda elements in south. [Link]

  • April 7, 2014 – UN Report – This was the report of the working group of the Universal Periodic Review on Yemen. [Link]

  • February 10, 2014 – Yemen to become a six region federation. [Link]


  • February 15, 2013 – UNSCR presidential Statement – This was a presidential statement that reiterated Council members’ readiness to consider sanctions against individuals who interfere in the political transition process. [Link]

  • January 25, 2013 – UN Letter to Yemen – This letter transmitted the terms of reference for the Security Council mission to Yemen on 27 January 2013. [Link]


  • March 20, 2011 – President Ali Abdullah Saleh dismissed the cabinet as he faced protesters calling for his resignation in the aftermath of deaths of 52 people killed by Saleh loyalists. [Link]


  • January 26, 2010 – Ceasefire announced to end fighting between Houthi militants and Saudi Arabian forces near the border area. [Link]


  • December 14, 1967 – UNGA Resolution – This resolution admitted Democratic Yemen (the People’s Republic of Southern Yemen) as a member of the UN. [Link]


  • September 30, 1947 – UNGA Resolution – This resolution admitted Pakistan and Yemen as members of the UN. [Link]

[Info as of Aug 21, 2015]

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