Rada'a District

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Rada'a District
Coordinates: 14°25′N 44°50′E / 14.417°N 44.833°E / 14.417; 44.833Coordinates: 14°25′N 44°50′E / 14.417°N 44.833°E / 14.417; 44.833
Country  Yemen
Governorate Al Bayda
Population (2003)
 • Total 56,382
Time zone Yemen Standard Time (UTC+3)

Rada'a District is a district of the Al Bayda Governorate, Yemen. As of 2003, the district had a population of 56,382 inhabitants.[1]


On January 16, 2012, the town of Rada'a fell into control of Al Qaeda militants. The militants overran army positions and freed 150 inmates from a local prison.[2] A week later, the militants withdrew after striking a deal with tribal leaders. Under the agreement, more Al Qaeda operatives were to be freed from the central security prison and a council was to be formed to govern the town.[3]

Tribesmen affiliated with al Qaeda clashed with the Houthis when the Zaidi Shia militancy swept into the governorate, with at least 80 dying in fighting in October 2014[4] and dozens more being killed in renewed fighting in January 2015.[5]


  1. ^ "Districts of Yemen". Statoids. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Yemen town captured by al Qaeda militants". CBS News. Associated Press. 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  3. ^ Coles, Isabel (2012-01-25). "Islamist militants quit captured Yemeni town". Reuters. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  4. ^ Al-Sakkaf, Nasser (23 October 2014). "CLASHES OVER RADA’A CITY". Yemen Times. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Al-Moshki, Ali Ibrahim (26 January 2015). "DOZENS KILLED IN TWO DAYS OF CLASHES IN RADA’A". Retrieved 23 March 2015. 

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