Five years ago, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched a military intervention in Yemen to restore the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi following the Houthi takeover of Sanaa in late 2014. Since then, ACLED estimates that more than 112,000 people have died as a direct result of the violence, including over 12,600 civilians killed in targeted attacks.1Fatality numbers are often the most poorly reported component of conflict data. While ACLED codes the most conservative reports of fatality counts to minimize over-counting and takes steps to triangulate reports where possible, this does not account for biases that exist around fatality counts at-large. As such, these figures should be considered estimates, rather than exact counts. Find more information about ACLED’s methodology for coding fatalities here. Additionally, the second figure includes only civilians killed as a result of direct civilian targeting. It does not include ‘collateral’ civilian fatalities. As such, the number is assumed to represent an underestimate of total conflict-related civilian fatalities in Yemen. More than 25,000 fatalities were reported in 2019, making it the second deadliest year of the war.2These figures do not include deaths from indirect causes linked to the conflict, such as starvation and disease, which would make the full toll far higher (UNDP, 2019).
ACLED tracks political violence in Yemen in real-time, with data updated each week. Access the latest data through our Data Export Tool and Curated Data Files. For more information on ACLED methodology, see our General Guides and Methodology pages.
Find recent analysis of the conflict in Yemen below, as well as an interactive dashboard displaying all ACLED data on the war since the start of 2015.
ACLED’s Yemen data are collected in partnership with the Yemen Data Project.