You are free to reuse the data but we ask that you please cite the Yemen Data Project and link back to the dataset or our website.
The first data collection project by the Yemen Data Project focused on the aerial bombardments in Yemen from March 2015 to April 2022 and includes detailed data on all air raids conducted by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which also includes participation by Egypt, Morocco (until 2019), Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, Qatar (until 2017) and Bahrain. The military coalition was backed by the United States and the United Kingdom, amongst other western nations, with the U.S. providing intelligence and logistical support and the UK supporting the coalition in every practical way short of engaging in combat. Both the U.S. and the UK have military personnel deployed at the Saudi command-and-control centre for coalition airstrikes.
The dataset lists the date of incident, geographical location, type of target, target category and sub-category, and, where known, time of day. Each incident indicates a stated number of air raids, which in turn may comprise multiple air strikes. It is not possible to generate an average number of air strikes per air raid as these vary greatly, from a couple of airstrikes up to several dozen per air-raid. YDP’s dataset records the unverified numbers of individual air strikes that constitute a recorded single air raid. For more explanation on air raids and air strikes please see our methodology.
Given the open source collection of the data, geolocation information of air raids is not available. However, location details are broken down from governorate to district and then area.
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The first data collection project moved into a new phase in January 2024 when the US and UK launched strikes in Yemen with support from Australia, Canada, Bahrain and the Netherlands. By 24 February, Denmark and New Zealand were also providing support. No Saudi coalition air raids have been recoreded since the end of March 2022 when a ceasefire came into place. Although there was no renewal of the ceasefire when it expired in October 2002, no futher air raids were recorded. A new database was established in January 2024 when US-led strikes began. The database includes US-led naval bombardments as well as air raids.
In partenrship with the Armed Conflict and Events Data Project in February 2024, Yemen Data Project launced its second data collection project, the Yemen Conflict Observatory. A broader project covering all political violence countrywide, the new platform is hosted on ACLED's website, providing policymakers, practitioners, journalists, and academics with an array of publicly accessible analytical tools. The YCO combines data-driven analysis with qualitative assessments of political violence and disorder to help users stay up-to-date with the latest developments in Yemen.
This extensive monitoring effort has allowed ACLED and YDP to provide the most comprehensive coverage of political violence across Yemen.
The Yemen Data Project is a not-for-profit organization which produces data for the purpose of increasing transparency and promoting accountability. With that mission in mind, our data is freely available to use under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
You are therefore free to reuse the data but we ask that you please cite the Yemen Data Project and link back to the dataset or our website.