Incident Summary:

05/31/2020: Assailants fired mortars into Al-Salakhana, Hudaydah, Al Hudaydah, Yemen. At least four people were killed and 18 others were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah), who denied involvement.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Hudaydah


Location Details:
The incident occured in al-Salakhana.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Al-Salakhana Neighborhood
Specific Description Neighborhood
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Mortars were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Some sources suggested the Yemeni army was responsible for the incident. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 18 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 18
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Yemen govt forces repel Houthi attack and secure new areas," Arab News, June 2, 2020.
"One killed, 21 injured in shelling in Yemeni port: MSF," Xinhua General News Service, June 1, 2020.
"Renewed violence reportedly kills four in Yemen's Hudaydah," BBC Monitoring, May 31, 2020.