Saada Governorate

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Sa'dah in Yemen.svg
Coordinates: 16°58′N 44°43′E / 16.967°N 44.717°E / 16.967; 44.717Coordinates: 16°58′N 44°43′E / 16.967°N 44.717°E / 16.967; 44.717
Country Yemen
Seat Sa'dah
Occupation Houthis (Ansar Allah)
 • Governor Hadi Tarshan (in-exile)
 • Total 11,375 km2 (4,392 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 838,000
 • Density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Location of Sa'dah in Yemen

Saada (Arabic: صعدةṢaʿda) is one of the governorates of Yemen. The governorate's seat and the largest city is Sa'dah.


Since June 2004, violent conflict has taken place in Saada, killing several thousand and displacing 250,000 people countrywide.[2] Known in English as the Shia insurgency in Yemen, the conflict has its roots in an insurgency against the government of Yemen which was initiated by the Zaidi religious leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi in 2004. A ceasefire, brokered in June 2007, was followed by a peace agreement in February 2008. By April 2008, however, the peace process was in jeopardy as each side of the conflict accused the other of failing to implement aspects of the peace agreement. Analysts suggest that renewed conflict will damage the humanitarian situation in the region.[3] In May 2008, it was estimated that there were 77,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Saada as a result of the conflict.[4]

As of 2013, the Houthis, as the Zaidi rebels are called, were firmly entrenched in Saada, and were also active in several neighboring governorates.


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  1. ^ "Statistical Yearbook 2011". Central Statistical Organisation. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Yemen: Relative calm in Sa'ada, Amran and Al-Jawf
  3. ^ IRIN 2008, 'YEMEN: Peace agreement on verge of collapse?', IRIN, 20 April. Retrieved on 28 April 2008.
  4. ^ IRIN 2008, 'YEMEN: Rebel leader calls for international aid', IRIN, 6 May. Retrieved on 6 May 2008.

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