Yemen War Death Toll Surpasses 70,000

This April 10, 2019, file photo shows a view of the site of an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen. (Hani Mohammed/AP)

More than 10,000 people have been reported killed in Yemen over the last five months, bringing the war’s total death toll to over 70,000 since 2016 according to data collated by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). While overall reported fatalities have trended downward this year amidst the UN-backed peace process, lethal fighting continues across the country and has even intensified in key governorates like Taiz and Hajjah.

Total conflict fatalities:

  • ACLED records over 70,200 total reported fatalities1 from 1 January 2016 to 13 April 2019
  • More than 7,600 have been reported so far in 2019:
    • Approximately 2,350 in January; 1,930 in February; 2,330 in March; and 1,000 so far in April
  • Fatality rates have shifted significantly across multiple governorates between the last quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019:
    • Reported fatalities increased most dramatically in Al Jawf and in Hajjah, though also in Taiz, Sadah, and Ad Dali
    • They dropped most significantly in Hodeidah, though also in Marib, Sana’a, and Al Bayda

Civilian fatalities:

  • ACLED records 3,155 direct attacks targeting civilians resulting in over 7,000 reported civilian fatalities2 since 2016
  • The Saudi-led coalition and its allies are responsible for the highest number of reported civilian fatalities from direct targeting: over 4,800 since 2016
  • The Houthis and their allies are responsible for over 1,300 reported civilian fatalities from direct targeting
  • Notably, so far in quarter one of 2019, reported civilian fatalities are at their lowest point since the third quarter of 2017
    • Still, nearly 380 civilian fatalities have been reported this year stemming from direct targeting

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Source: Global Research | Yemen War Death Toll Surpasses 70,000


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