Incident Summary:

12/19/2019: Assailants attacked security positions in Durayhami district, Al Hudaydah, Yemen. This was one of four related attacks in the area on this date. At least 13 assailants were killed and 67 assailants were injured across the ensuing clashes, which lasted until December 21, 2019. The security forces sustained an unknown number of casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Hudaydah

Durayhami district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Military of Yemen
Specific Description Forces
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Katyusha rockets, 120-mm mortar shells, and 14.5-mm and 12.7-mm machine guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201912190016, 201912190017, 201912190018, 201912190019. Casualties conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 17 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 17
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 17
"Sporadic armed attacks erupt between Yemeni warring sides in Hodeidah ," Xinhua General News Service, December 23, 2019.
"Houthi losses increased, and rocket and artillery escalation in Hodeidah," Yemen News, December 21, 2019.
"Al-Hodeidah: The escalation of the Houthi attack coincided with the meeting of the ship," Yemen News, December 19, 2019.