Frontlines have become relatively fixed, as neither side has the strength to significantly expand.?The number of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition reported in Yemen between January and July 2017 exceeded the total number of airstrikes reported in 2016.?Reported armed clashes are 56% higher compared to 2016.?The conflict continued to escalate in August, with 58 civilian deaths reported between 17-24 August, up from 52 deaths in all of June and 57 in all of July according to the UN.?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.?Following the Emirati-backed Hadi offensive in Shabwah governorate against AQAP positions at the beginning of August, AQAP fighters withdrew to Abyan and launched several counter-offensives against Yemeni military targets. At the beginning of 2017, Yemeni security forces withdrew from large parts of the governorate.?
Aden: AQAP has lost Mansoura, its stronghold in Aden.?
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.???The US has also conducted heavy airstrikes in the area against AQAP targets.?IS is also active in al Bayda and signs suggest it might be strengthening as of beginning of August: it claimed more attacks in July and August than in previous months.??IS fighters have taken part in some AQAP and local mlitias' operations against al Houthi-Saleh forces since late July.?This is facilitated by the lack of presence of the Saudi coalition.?
Hadramawt: AQAP were ousted from Mukalla in April 2016, but remain a security threat in the area. ? They regularly wage attacks against Emirati-backed and other opposition forces.??
Hajjah: Midi city was retaken by Hadi forces on 23 July, but the district remains contested.??On 3 August, Hadi forces advanced south from their Midi city base and seized supply routes leading into southern Midi district.?Taking control of Midi district would protect the Saudi's southwestern border and advance shaping operations to surround Sana'a.?The Hadi government had 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.?? On September 14, Al Houthi movement leader Abdul Malik al Houthi threatened to attack Saudi oil tankers if the Saudi-led coalition attacks the port. ?
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 and are launching large offensives against Hadi security posts.???
Nimh: A large operation is ongoing in Nihm to prevent Saudi-led coalition forces from making advances.?
Sa'ada: Hadi forces took control of highlands previously controlled by al-Houthi forces in Baqim district, after a three days operations, as of 18 August.?
Sana'a: Large scale protests were held supporting Saleh on 24 August.? Cluster munitions have been used on residential areas of Sa'ada city and near Nihm district.?
Shabwah: Hadi forces launched an operation to retake major cities from AQAP on 3 August, with the support of US and Emirati forces.???This disrupted AQAP's ability to operate in the governorate and resulted in the withdrawal of AQAP fighters from Shabwah into Abyan governorate as security forces advanced.?This is the largest operation against AQAP since Hadi forces took the major city of Shabwah in April 2016, a stronghold for AQAP, from which they could launch attacks in southern parts.?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.?On 3 August, Hadi forces seized the primary junction in eastern Mokha district from al Houthi-Saleh forces. The intersection links Mokha port with roads towards Taiz city and al Hudaydah port, which Hadi forces are also trying to seize from al Houthi-Saleh forces.?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. ?