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".
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Abdelaziz al-Hilu, the leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM–N), sign an agreement to transition the country into a secular state. The agreement comes three days after the signing of a peace deal between Sudan's transitional government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front, to which the SPLM–N opted out of.
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
Saudi-led coalition airstrikes kill at least seven civilians when they hit houses in the Al Jawf Governorate of Yemen. The Houthis report nine killed, two of them children. The coalition did not immediately comment on the airstrike.
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.
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 Yemeni hospital in Saada run by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) is destroyed by several Saudi-led coalition airstrikes overnight. The director of the hospital, Ali Mughli, reported "The air raids resulted in the destruction of the entire hospital with all that was inside - devices and medical supplies - and the moderate wounding of several people". Another airstrike hit a nearby girls school and damaged several civilian homes according to local media. UNICEF said the Saada hospital was the 39th health center hit in Yemen since March. The Saudi-led coalition denies that its planes had hit the hospital.