Frontlines have become relatively fixed, as neither side has the strength to significantly expand.? Fighting largely occurs in Al Jawf, Al Bayda, Hajjah, Lahj, Marib, Sanaa, Sa'ada, and Taiz.???
Abyan: AQAP has been ejected from Zinjibar, but remains highly active in other areas of Abyan.? US airstrikes are frequent, as are attacks by AQAP against Emirati-backed and other opposition forces based in the area.??? AQAP ambushed Emirati-backed forces responsible for counter-terrorism efforts for the Hadi government on 14 April, assassinating a commander.?
Aden: Protests in support of the Southern Transitional Council calling for independence from the North took place on 7 July and were attended by tens of thousands of people.? AQAP has lost Mansoura, its stronghold in Aden.? Thousands of people gathered in Aden city on 21 May to support the newly established Government of the Southern Resistance.? Mass protests also took place on 4 May and 27 April in Aden following President Hadi's decision to remove Southern Movement leaders from the government, due to their alignment with the UAE.??
Al Bayda: Clashes between AQAP, who are aligning with tribal militias in the south of al Bayda, and al Houthi-Saleh forces take place on a regular basis, as AQAP seeks to seize territory from al Houthi-Saleh.??? IS is also active in al Bayda.??IS claimed an attack against al Houthi-Saleh forces in Jamid area on 29 April.? The US has also conducted heavy airstrikes in the area against AQAP targets.?
Al Dhale: Following two days of intense fighting, al Houthi-Saleh forces seized the village of Rabiatain in Juban district on 15 May. Hadi forces retreated after they were outnumbered.??
Hadramawt: AQAP have been ejected from Mukalla, but remain active in other areas.? They regularly wage attacks against Emirati-backed and other opposition forces in the area.???
Hajjah: Midi city has been retaken by Hadi forces.? The Hadi government announced a new joint offensive against al-Houthi-Saleh forces in the northwest of Hajjah governorate. The Saudi-led coalition, Hadi forces, and tribal allies will attempt to seize Midi and Abs districts in coordination with Operation Golden Arrow, which is attempting to advance northward from the Bab al Mandab Strait and seize strategic positions along the western coast.?
Al Hudaydah: As Operation Golden Arrow continues, al Hudaydah has seen extensive airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition.???The area is currently under the control of al Houthi-Saleh forces. Hadi forces with the support of the Saudi-led coalition are seeking to retake the area, and critically the port, through which around 70% of the country's imports are received.?? Further attacks on al Hudaydah are anticipated in the coming weeks which are likely to trigger mass displacement; coalition forces remain at least 100km from al Hudaydah.???
Marib: US airstrikes regularly target AQAP in Marib.? Hadi forces are gaining ground in Marib since fighting between them and al Houthi-Saleh forces escalated in the area at the end of April. Al Houthi forces are trying to prevent Hadi forces stationed in the area from advancing west toward Sana'a.??
Nimh: A large operation is ongoing in Nihm to prevent Saudi-led coalition forces from making advances.?
Sa'ada: On 18 June, at least 25 civilians were killed when Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit a market in northern Sa'ada.? The Hadi government announced on 2 May an imminent military operation to open a new front against al Houthi-Saleh forces, which will enter Maran and Haydan districts via Saudi Arabia.? As a result, al Houthi fighters are moving in to the area.?
Sana'a: On 22 May a convoy carrying the UN Special Envoy to Yemen came under gunfire at Sana'a International Airport.? Tens of thousands of Yemenis attended a protest led by al Houthi fighters in Sana'a on 26 March against the Saudi-led intervention, calling for an end to the war.? On 10 March, al Houthi-Saleh forces accused the Saudi-led coalition of dropping two cluster bombs near Nihm district.? Amnesty International reported on 9 March that cluster munitions had been used on residential areas of Sa'ada city in the previous month.?
Shabwah: Al Houthi-Saleh forces attacked Hadi government positions in Usaylan district on 10 May as they seek to gain territory.? US airstrikes against AQAP occurred between 23-30 April in al Saeed district, and are thought to have killed civilians as well as AQAP fighters.? Al Houthi-Saleh forces have targeted Hadi forces in Shabwah using ballistic missiles.? US airstrikes against AQAP occur regularly. ??
Taiz: Since the end of May, violence has escalated and caused an increase in civilian casualties.???? Hadi forces have retaken areas in the south west of Taiz, including the Republican Palace, from al Houthi-Saleh fighters and continue to advance northwards.?? They also announced that they captured the coastline of Taiz province and pushed east towards Mokha town.?The Southern Resistance, based near Mokha city, sustained attacks from al Houthi-Saleh forces on 17 May.? Heavy fighting continues on multiple fronts between the Hadi government, who are seeking to reclaim territory, and al Houthi-Saleh forces.??? Saudi-led airstrikes on Taiz have intensified since the start of Operation Golden Arrow: an operation by the Hadi government and aligned forces to retake the western coast from al Houthi-Saleh forces. Operation Golden Arrow began on 7 January and is ongoing, though in reclaiming most of the Taiz coastline the operation is nearly complete. The town was originally taken by Houthi fighters in November 2014. ?