Civilian casualties spike again
Fighting escalated along several fronts in June and July 2021, with devastating consequences for civilians – the number of civilian casualties has reached levels not seen in Yemen since the signing of the Stockholm Agreement on 13 December 2018.
June 2021 was the deadliest month for civilians in nearly two years, with hostilities killing or injuring 249 civilians, according to the Civilian Impact Monitoring Project (CIMP). Many of the civilian casualties in June occurred in Ma’rib Governorate, where offensives that escalated in February this year continue. This includes attacks in densely populated Ma’rib City, where attacks on 10 June and on 29 June resulted in 35 civilian casualties and 13 civilian casualties respectively.
Fighting continued in July, particularly intensifying in Al Bayda Governorate. While the civilian impact has been limited here, the trend towards wider escalation is concerning. Clashes also resumed in Abyan Governorate, leaving at least two civilians dead. While fighting has subsided, tensions remain high. Aid agencies continue to call on all parties to the conflict to avoid harming civilians and civilian objects throughout military operations.