Civilian deaths in the Yemen
civil war increased between June and August of 2018. Many of these deaths came from the Hodeidah governate, a province bordering the Red Sea. The uptick in civilian deaths is largely attributable to a pivotal battle over the summer
, where the Yemen government coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, tried to gain back control of a key port city from the Houthi rebel faction, which has held it since 2015.
In recent months, the frontlines of the battle have been fought in densely populated urban areas, positioning civilians at a unique risk for death and injury. Schools
and hospitals have been targeted for attacks, breaking international laws protecting civilians. A string of lethal attacks in April
received global press.
The Iran-backed Houthis, who ousted the president and governing party in 2015, have been at war with a government coalition backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over the course of the three year civil war.