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Yemen Control Map & Report - September 2018

6 MINS READSep 27, 2018 | 20:32 GMT
Yemeni fighters loyal to internationally recognized President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi stand guard near Sanaa, the capital city, in February 2018.
Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, who support forces loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemen president, rest as they guard a post in the Nihm district, on the eastern edges of the capital Sanaa, on February 2, 2018. Backed by air support from the Saudi-led coalition, the Yemeni army in recent months has toppled multiple Huthi rebel bases on Nihm, a rugged chain of cloud-cutting mountains on the eastern edge of Sanaa, which has been held by the insurgents since September 2014. / AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH AL-QADRY (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH AL-QADRY/AFP/Getty Images)

By Political Geography Now

Timeline by Djordje Djukic

Situation Summary

In the three months since our previous Yemen control map report, anti-Houthi forces have continued chipping away at Houthi control near the port city of Hodeida and along the border with Saudi Arabia. This comes even as sharp divisions remain in Aden between Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists and UAE-backed southern separatists, both of whom are formally members of the coalition.

(To see other maps in this series, view all Yemen articles on PolGeoNow.)

Map by Evan Centanni and Djordje Djukic, from base map by Koen Adams of

Country Name:

• Yemen (English)

• Al-Yaman (Arabic)

Official Name:

• Republic of Yemen (English)

• al-Jumhūriyyah al- Yamaniyyah (Arabic)


• Sana'a (official)

• Aden (seat of internationally-recognized government)

June 19-22, 2018

The Saudi-led coalition conducted more than 40 airstrikes targeting locations at Hodeida's airport as fierce back-and-forth fighting raged at the southern and western parts of the facility. Combat was reported to be taking place at the southern runway, less than one kilometer from the main airport compound. Later in the day, it was reported that pro-Hadi forces had captured large parts of the airport.

On 20 June, the coalition-backed Amaleqa brigades stated they had seized the southern runway, as well as areas on the west and east sides of the airport. Later, a pro-Hadi military source reported that the whole airport had been captured, although this was denied by pro-Houthi sources.

Since the start of the assault on Hodeida, 348 combatants had been killed, of which 156 Houthi and 28 pro-Hadi fighters had died during the fighting for the airport. On June 21, it was reported that Hodeida airport was still under Houthi control, or at least parts of it, with some saying it was still contested. The following day, pro-Houthi media released a video of what were said to be destroyed coalition vehicles south of the airport as Houthi forces reportedly recaptured two areas south of the port city.

June 22, 2018

The Houthis reportedly seized a mountain on the provincial border of Sa'dah and Jawf, while pro-Hadi troops recaptured several positions in northern Lahij, southwest of Kirsh.

June 24-27, 2018

Fierce clashes were reported near Hodeida University, three kilometers west of Hodeida's city center. The next day, the Houthis reportedly recaptured an area south of the city. Pro-Hadi supply lines to Hodeida running along the western coast were also said to be coming under regular Houthi attacks. On June 27, pro-Hadi forces were seen consolidating their positions around five kilometers from Hodeida's airport.

June 27, 2018

Pro-Hadi forces were reported to have advanced in Hodeida province, capturing a farm area, while the Houthis reportedly captured several positions in Dhale province. Meanwhile, a Saudi cleric said more than 200 UAE soldiers had been killed since the start of Yemen's civil war in 2015.

July 1, 2018

The Houthis were reported to have recaptured a mountain in Lahij province's Kirsh district and taken control of a strategic mountain in Jawf province.

July 3, 2018

A new video was released purportedly showing Houthi fighters in control of Hodeida airport.

July 8-11, 2018

Pro-Hadi forces captured Al Tuhayata, while fighting continued in its outskirts and the Houthis repelled an attack north of the town. Pro-Hadi troops secured the area on July 11.

July 9, 2018

UAE-backed southern separatist forces took control of Aden's airport from Saudi-backed forces supporting the Hadi government. This left the presidential palace as the only Hadi-controlled location in the city. Both groups are formally part of the anti-Houthi coalition.

July 11, 2018

The Houthis reportedly seized several positions in a district of Lahij province.

July 15-17, 2018

Saudi-led coalition forces captured the last mountain overlooking Harad, near the Saudi border, cutting off Houthi supply lines to Hajjah and Sa'dah. Over the next two days, they advanced into two districts of Hajjah province.

July 19, 2018

The World Health Organization reported that the death toll from the cholera outbreak in Yemen had reached 2,310.

July 20, 2018

The Houthis reportedly captured a mountain in Jawf province.

July 26, 2018

The Houthis claimed to have attacked Abu Dhabi airport, more than 1,000 kilometers away in the UAE, with a drone. However, this was denied by the UAE government.

July 26-28, 2018

UAE-backed forces launched an offensive against the Houthis in Bayda province, storming the Malajeem area before being turned back by July 28.

August 1, 2018

Saudi-backed forces captured a village in the north of Sa'dah province, probably south of the Alab border crossing.

August 3, 2018

It was reported that the death toll from Yemen's civil war had reached somewhere between 10,000 and 50,000.

August 9, 2018

A coalition airstrike hit a bus in the province of Sa'dah, leaving 51 people dead, including 40 children. Munitions experts later said the bomb had been supplied by the US as part of an arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

August 10, 2018

Fighting at Hodeida was said to have converted to trench warfare, located along lines some 15- 20 kilometers from the city.

August 13, 2018

Saudi-backed forces reportedly captured a district south of Hodeida.

August 16-17, 2018

Pro-Hadi forces captured Hayran and a neighboring district of Hajjah province, while also claiming to seize several areas near Malahith in Sa'dah province.

August 19, 2018

The UN reported that 6,592 civilians had been killed and 10,470 injured in the conflict in Yemen. Most of the casualties were said to have resulted from Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.

August 20-21, 2018

A new pro-Hadi attack on Bayda's Malajeem district was said to have resulted in several advances, although by the next day the assault had reportedly been repelled.

August 23, 2018

A Saudi-led airstrike near Hodeida left 22 children and four women dead, while another strike in the area killed four more children. Meanwhile, the Houthis reportedly recaptured several areas of the Hays and Al Tuhayata districts in Hodeida province. Most of the main roads to Al Tuhayata were blocked by the Houthis, except one route to the north, resulting in a siege of the district. Elsewhere, pro-Hadi forces attacked a district of Sa'dah province.

September 1, 2018

Pro-Hadi forces claimed to have taken "full control" of the Sa'dah district that contains Malahith, though no mention was made of specific locations within the district, and PolGeoNow was unable to confirm the report.

September 7, 2018

Pro-Hadi forces advanced 16 kilometers along the coastal road approaching Hodeida from the south.

September 9-12, 2018

Fighting around Hodeida left between 47 and 73 Houthi fighters and 15 soldiers dead. Pro-Hadi forces advanced around the port city close to the "Kilo 16 road", the main highway east of the airport that links Hodeida Yemeni capital city Sana'a. On September 12, both the "Kilo 16" area and "Kilo 10" were captured, thus cutting off two key Houthi supply routes to Hodeida.

September 11, 2018

Clashes continued on the frontlines in Hajjah and Sa'dah provinces.

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