Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok says the government has reduced the number of Sudanese Armed Forces troops in Yemen from 15,000 to 5,000, saying the conflict "can no longer be solved militarily".
The government announces legal action against activists and journalists who "insulted" the military. They had accused the military of various killings during last year's protests, which the army denies. [https:--www.reuters.com-article-us-sudan-politics-sudans-army-launches-legal-action-against-insulting-activists-idUSKCN24J0N7?il=0 (Reuters)]Amid a reform of the country's Islamist laws, Sudan lifts the death penalty for homosexuality and ends flogging as punishment for homosexuals. [https:--africa.cgtn.com-2020-07-17-great-first-step-as-sudan-lifts-death-penalty-and-flogging-for-homosexuality- (CGTN)]Late-2019 Sudanese protests
Sudanese Finance Minister Ibrahim el-Badawi says Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is to ask the World Bank for US$2 billion. Sudan has been unable to do business with either the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund because it is featured on the United States' State Sponsors of Terrorism list. The US Congress is unlikely to remove Sudan before next year, el-Badawi further announces, saying he has been told the process is complicated.
Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition destroy the Presidential Palace in Sana'a, Yemen, with at least six killed and 30 injuries reported, coalition officials claim they had targeted high-ranking Houthi officials.
The European Parliament adopts a resolution calling for the introduction of an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia, saying the United Kingdom, France and other EU governments should no longer sell weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in Yemen.
Two senior army commanders from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are killed, including the head of the Saudi Special forces in Yemen, Colonel Abdullah al-Sahyan, along with dozens of Saudi, Emirati, Sudanese and Yemeni coalition troops in an OTR-21 Tochka missile attack by Houthi forces on their base near the city of Taiz in southwestern Yemen.
Houthi forces regain several positions across southern Yemen after launching a fresh offensive against loyalist and coalition forces. In Lahij province, which borders Aden, Houthi forces are now positioned on a hill overlooking the strategic Al Anad Air Base, which houses Sudanese forces. The Houthis also retook the Damt District in the Dhale province after besieging it for hours, at least 16 people were killed in the clashes.
A Saudi-led military coalition bombards government buildings and residential neighborhoods in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, killing about 30 people, including civilians. Rescuers continue searching for other possible victims buried under the rubble.