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11 Aug 2019 | 08:00 PM UTC

Yemen: Fighting in Aden leaves at least 40 dead, 260 wounded as of August 11 /update 2

Yemen News Alert

Recent fighting in Aden leaves at least 40 people dead and 260 others wounded as of August 11; fighting subsides on August 11 in observance of Eid al-Adha

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/11/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/13/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Aden

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Event

Since Thursday, August 8, fighting between forces aligned with the internationally recognized Yemeni government and UAE-backed separatist fighters has left as many as 40 people dead and 260 others wounded in Aden, according to UN Office for the Coordination of the Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports on Sunday, August 11. Additionally, according to Yemenia, flight operations have been suspended at Aden International Airport (ADE) since Friday, August 9, with flights diverting to Seiyun Hadhramaut Airport (GXF); it was not immediately reported when normal flights operations will resume at ADE.

Though fighting has reportedly subsided in Aden on Sunday in observance of Eid al-Adha, further fighting is possible in the city and its environs over the near term.

Context

Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.

Advice

Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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