Caught in the Middle: A Conflict Mapping of Taiz Governorate

For over three years residents of Taiz have been suffering from among the most destructive and pervasive local conflicts in Yemen. Strategically located between the warring sides’ capital cities and of particular economic and political importance, Taiz is one of the epicenters of the worst humanitarian catastrophe on earth. The Houthis, in partnership with the Sana’a-based General People’s Congress, have imposed a siege on the city since early in the conflict, impeding the flow of goods and civilians and bringing Yemen’s once bustling ‘cultural capital’ to a standstill. As the frontlines became entrenched and the diverse strategic interests of the national political parties and Coalition mem

The Yemen Trend - July 2018 Issue

The battle for control over Hodeidah port intensified in late July, following an attack on a Saudi oil tanker off the west coast that led Saudi Arabia to suspend its oil shipments through the Bab Al-Mandeb strait. On July 31, Mohammed Al-Houthi announced a cessation of all naval operations from August 1-15, although the move was unilateral and the conditions were unclear. UN Envoy Martin Griffiths visited Sana’a twice and Aden once throughout July. The Houthis said they would give the UN “direct control” of Hodeidah port in exchange for a governorate-wide ceasefire, while the Hadi government and coalition maintained their call for a full Houthi withdrawal from the city, and Prime Minister Bi

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