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The numbers below refer to the number of people affected. Click on a column heading to order incidents according to that column.

ID Month Day Year Sort descending Country UN INGO ICRC and IFRC NRCS NNGO Other Nationals killed Nationals wounded Nationals kidnapped Total national staff Internationals killed Internationals wounded Internationals kidnapped Total international staff Total victims Gender Male Gender Female Gender Unknown Means of attack Attack context Location Latitude Longitude Actor type Actor name Details Verified Source
67 Jan 1999 Yemen 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 2 2 0 Kidnapping Raid Unknown 16.3471243 47.8915271 Non-state armed group: Subnational Armed tribesmen 4 INGO international (2 British, 2 Dutch) staff kidnapped by armed tribesmen and later released. Archived Archived
664 Dec 15 2008 Yemen 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 14.5428894 44.4006912 Non-state armed group: Subnational Bani Dhabian tribe 1 INGO international (German) staff and their visiting parents (not included) were kidnapped in Dhamar province, located about 65 miles south of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, Dec. 15 ; released 19 December. Kidnappers, who belong to the powerful Bani Dhabian tribe, abducted the three as they drove their car outside the historic city of Rada'a, about 130 kilometers south of Sana'a. Tribal sources said five men armed with AK-47 rifles snatched the three Germans from their car as they left Rada'a on the way to Sana'a. Archived Media
849 Jun 12 2009 Yemen 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 4 2 2 0 Kidnap-killing Raid Project site 16.308528 43.403557 Unknown Unknown 4 INGO international (German, UK, South Korean) staff kidnapped from Yemen hopsital INGO program (9 in all kidnapped, including 3 children and 1 spouse - German) Government officials on Sunday accused a Shi'ite militant group. Later found dead . Archived Media
877 Aug 13 2009 Yemen 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 15 15 0 0 0 0 15 0 0 15 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 16.308528 43.403557 Unknown Unknown 15 RCS national staff kidnapped by rebel group. Archived Media
887 Nov 16 2009 Yemen 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 15.406032 44.215669 Unknown Unknown 1 INGO international (Japanese) staff kidnapped by local tribesmen for leverage to have clansmen released; viticim released 7 days later. Archived Media
1115 May 28 2011 Yemen 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 1 2 0 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 15.9454077 48.7870478 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Three French INGO staff (two women, one man) were kidnapped in Hadramout region by what seemed to be an extremist Islamist group. Yes Media
1183 Nov 22 2011 Yemen 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 0 1 2 Kidnapping Ambush Road 13.05667 44.88194 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable A French international staffer and two national staffers were seized from their vehicle near a small village in Lahej (Msaimeer)by gunmen demanding the release of prisoners held by Yemeni authorities in the nearby southern port of Aden. Pending Media
1483 Jan 7 2012 Yemen 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Individual attack Public location 16.3471243 47.8915271 Unknown Unknown One national staff member was kidnapped while on public transportation. The motive was personal - they wanted to secure the release of a family member held by a tribal leader. He was released 2 days on 9 January. Yes Focal Point
1196 Jan 15 2012 Yemen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 15.337484 44.184304 Non-state armed group: Subnational Abide Marabou tribe An international staff of a UN agency was kidnapped in the capital Sanaa by armed tribesmen who transferred him to central Marabou province. The UN worker was taken hostage by the Abide Marabou tribe, demanding the release of a tribesman who was arrested on charges of killing four soldiers assigned to guarding oil tankers. He was released unharmed two weeks later. Pending Media
1204 Jan 31 2012 Yemen 3 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 5 5 7 0 0 7 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 15.337484 44.184304 Non-state armed group: Subnational Unknown Three international staff of a UN agency, two INGO and two LNGOs were kidnapped west of Sanaa. They were released approximately 72 hours later. The kidnappers reportedly planned to exchange the hostages for a prisoner being held in the capital. Yes Official Report
1283 Apr 21 2012 Yemen 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 14.79781 42.95452 Non-state armed group: Subnational Ansar al-Sharia Armed men kidnapped a French international staffer of as he was travelling from north Yemen to the Red Sea port city of Hudaida. After being held for three months, the victim was released; handed over by a group called Ansar al-Shari'a in Shabwa. Still unclear who was behind the kidnapping. Pending Media
1778 Feb 12 2013 Yemen 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 16.075451 43.37951 Staff member Contractor One national INGO staff member was abducted by a disgruntled vendor who was contracted by the same INGO. The incident appears to be related to a contract dispute: the vendor was asked to suspend sales over allegations of misconduct. Yes Focal Point
1429 May 13 2013 Yemen 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 3 3 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 13.220754 45.305945 Non-state armed group: Subnational Al-Marakisha tribe Three ICRC staff members were abducted while traveling by car by in the Southern Province of Abyan. They were released unharmed two days later. Yes Media
1588 Oct 6 2013 Yemen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 15.306405 44.1896 Unknown Unknown A UN international staff member was ambushed and kidnapped by armed men while he was in his vehicle. UPDATE: He was released on 8 November 2014. Yes Official Report
1900 Feb 24 2015 Yemen 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 15.369445 44.191007 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable One UN hired consultant and her translator were kidnapped from their car in Sana'a by armed men who were posing as police officers. After nearly six months in captivity, she was released in August 2015. Pending Media
2142 Jun 16 2015 Yemen 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 13.972093 44.162534 Unknown Unknown One national male INGO aid worker was kidnapped in Ibb, Yemen. He was held captive for over 24 hours (exact number of days unknown) and later released. Yes Focal Point
2030 Dec 1 2015 Yemen 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 15.369445 44.191007 Non-state armed group: National Unknown One international staff member working for ICRC was abducted at gunpoint in Sana'a. Another ICRC staff member was also abducted but released a few hours later (not counted here because it was under 24 hours). It was reported that she was released in October 2016 after being captive for ten months. Yes Official Report
2241 Apr 3 2017 Yemen 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 5 Kidnapping Raid Home 13.972093 44.162534 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Five aid workers and two contracted drivers were detained in Ibb by rebel forces that raided the hotel that the aid workers were in. They were all released on April 3rd but it is unknown how long they were held. Yes Media
2433 Oct 1 2017 Yemen 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 13.577589 44.017799 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable A Non-State Armed Actor abducted one male national INGO staff member in Taiz, Yemen. He was released nine days after negotiations on October 9th. Yes Focal Point
2434 Dec 12 2017 Yemen 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 13.577589 44.017799 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable A Non-State Armed Group detained one male national INGO aid worker in Taiz on December 12th. He was released after negotiations in early January. Yes Focal Point
2370 Jan 20 2018 Yemen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 15.369445 44.191007 Unknown Unknown One male UN agency staff member was led out of his car at gunpoint and abducted. His wife was in the car at the time of the incident as well but only the staff member was taken. The perpetrator was wearing a mask at the time of the incident. At the time of this report, the staff member's whereabouts were unknown. Reports regarding this incident are currently unconfirmed. Yes Media
2917 Jan 12 2019 Yemen 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 27.0365406 14.4290236 Non-state armed group: Subnational Tuareg tribe Three UN agency contracted truck drivers were kidnapped by a NSAG suspected to be connected with the Tuarge tribe. They were held until January 19 and released after negotiations. Yes Focal Point
2642 Jan 28 2019 Yemen 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 Kidnapping Individual attack Public location 15.348333 44.206389 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable One female INGO director was reportedly summoned for questioning by Houthi rebels to their headquarters on January 28 in Sanaa, and after not returning to the organization was assumed kidnapped by the rebels. She was released on February 16, 2019 after international diplomatic pressure. Yes Media
2887 Mar 20 2020 Yemen 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 Kidnap-killing Unknown Unknown 12.7794399 45.0366707 Unknown Unknown Two Emirates Red Crescent aid workers were reportedly kidnapped by unknown armed perpetrators in the port city of Aden and later found dead. Pending Media
3079 Jul 5 2020 Yemen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 15.695 43.5975 Non-state armed group: National Houti Forces Two UN agency national staff members were reportedly kidnapped in Hajjah by Houti rebel forces. Further information on their whereabouts is unknown at this time. Pending Media
Total 11 28 10 15 2 2 0 0 40 40 6 0 22 28 68 24 12 32