The Plan for Dividing Yemen: Hadramout

In a period where different political powers have come to terms and made a notable progress about the new administration, and while 96 percent of the relevant works are completed in Yemen, could the launch of a new movement to divide the country starting from the region of Hadramout be a coincidence?

The attempt of revenge and lynching of the resistance of peoples in the Arab Spring countries, which have set out on the road to freedom, democracy and social justice, continues at full speed.

As another ring of the popular uprisings which have been sabotaged through the civil war in Syria, the intervention in Egypt, the tribal clashes in Libya and a political crisis in Tunisia, Yemen has been dragged to the point of partition again in the last six days.


The dominant powers in the region aim to split the country by manipulating tribal leaders who live in isolation from the developments in the world and struggle against severe geographical conditions in Yemen.

In this frame, the separation of Hadramout, Shabwah and Mahrah cities from Yemen is being planned. According to the “Plan for Hadramout Provinces” external forces who have given up hope from the North-and-South scenarios now put the scenarios in effect to break Yemen into pieces as the “East-West Yemen”. The same powers had taken action for dividing the country during the coup d’état that had resulted in the overthrow of Ali Abdallah Salih; however, they could not succeed.

After Sheikh Saed bin Habrish, one of the leaders of the Hamum Tribe, was killed in a clash at a security point, some tribe leaders in the region of Hadramout had announced to take action on December 20, 2013 for self-government.

The attempt to divide the country on December 20, 2013 was named as “a Gift for the People” (al Hiba al Shagbiyya). The activists, who waylaid and attacked the security officials, placed the flag of the old “South Yemen” in government buildings in some cities.

The activists unaware of being used as pincers for the “dirty game” raided a radio station in the city of Seiyun, Hadramout, and attempted to declare independence during a radio broadcast. This attempt was curbed as a result of joint efforts of the security forces and some patriotic tribe leaders.

In the frame of the days of the Gif for the People, six civilians died and 20 were injured in the clashes that took place in the eastern and southern provinces of the country, such as Aden, Hadramut and Lahij. An attack against a check-point in the city of Hadramout, left three soldiers dead. Yemenis from other provinces, who work and live in Hadramout, have been attacked as the shops and houses of others living in the north and west of Yemen were set on fire.


The National Dialogue Council (NDC) led by President Abd er Rabbuh Mansour Hadi called for an emergency meeting following the incidents. In the NDC, comprised of representatives from various political parties in Yemen and known as the “8+8 Commission,” the new administrative system had been discussed in detail prior to the incidents, and considerable progress had been made in this regard.

The NDC supposedly was to wrap up works next Thursday, or on December 30 at the latest, and declare the new administration of the State. The new name of the country was expected to be the “Federal Republic of Yemen.”

In a period where different political centers have come to terms and made a notable progress on the new administration, and as 96 percent of the relevant works have been completed in Yemen, could the launch of a new move to divide the country starting from the region of Hadramout be a coincidence?

The timing of the operations launched on December 17 in Turkey and, three days later, on December 20, in Yemen is quite interesting.

Could the timing of the “December 17 Operation” against the Turkish Spring, launched in 2002, and “a Gift for the People Operation” on December 20 in Yemen against the Arab Spring be just a coincidence?

Original Title: Yemen’i Bölme Planı: Hadramut
First Published: De

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