A confirmed US airstrike took place in Bayda governorate on March 25th 2019, one of two on that day, a US Central Command spokesperson later told New America. According to a later CENTCOM press release, all US strikes in March 2019 targeted AQAP in Bayda governorate.
Multiple sources reported at the time that a drone, which many alleged to be American, had targeted pro-government forces in Hazmiyah district, Bayda, on that date. However this assignation of responsibility was contested, with both UAE and Houthi forces also blamed. Those reports are accounted for in event USYEMTr190.
Since there were no other known locally reported US strikes on March 25th, Airwars has created two separate US-declared events for March 25th – which are this incident, and USYEMTr191.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Reports of the incident mention the Al Bayda (البيضاء) governorate. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Al Bayda governorate are: 14.313489, 45.305892.
United States Armed Forces Assessment:
Original strike reports
Our Yemen strikes data has been updated for individualized dates after CENTCOM responded to an inquiry on the eight strikes in 2019. Strikes were as follows: 1/1, 1/21, 3/25, 3/25, 3/26, 3/28, 3/29, and 3/29. All but 1/1 in al Bayda'