Regional Overview: Middle East
12-18 July 2020

Last week was another relatively quiet week across the Middle East. However, across the region, event counts are slowly increasing back to the numbers seen before the coronavirus outbreak. Explosions/remote violence and protests remain the most frequent event types. Last week, there was an increase in explosion/remote violence events in Syria, particularly in shelling attacks. …

Regional Overview: Middle East
5-11 July 2020

 Last week in the Middle East, the number of battles increased in Yemen and Syria, while demonstration events increased in Iraq. Violence against civilians also increased in Yemen.  In Yemen, the amount of clashes increased relative to past weeks as anti-Houthi and Houthi forces conducted offensives in Al Hodeidah, Marib, Ad Dali, and Taizz governorates.…

Regional Overview: Middle East
21-27 June 2020

Last week in the Middle East battles and shelling/artillery/missile attacks increased in Syria. Battles also increased in Iraq as Turkish operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) continued.  In Syria, clashes erupted between Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) and the newly formed Fathbatou Operations Room after HTS forces arrested a prominent Fathbatou leader. The clashes…

Regional Overview: Middle East
17-30 May 2020

Over the last two weeks in the Middle East, political violence and demonstration activity generally decreased across the region, likely due to the end of the holy month of Ramadan and coronavirus-related restrictions. Key developments include: a significant increase in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, as well as Houthi retaliation; demonstrations over shortages…

Regional Overview: Middle East
10-16 May 2020

Last week in the Middle East, key developments include: reduced fighting between Houthi and pro-Hadi forces in Yemen amid the coronavirus outbreak, but increased fighting between pro-Southern Transitional Council (STC) and pro-Hadi forces around the city of Zinjibar; a return to mass demonstrations in Iraq; increased Islamic State (IS) activity in Iraq and Syria; continued…

Regional Overview: Middle East
19-25 April 2020

Across the Middle East, relatively few battles, explosions, and remote violence events were reported last week. However, demonstrations increased around the region, including in Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Israel, and Palestine. Attacks against civilians also increased in Syria, Yemen, and Palestine. In Yemen, on the evening of 25 April 2020, the Southern Transitional Council (STC)…