Aden (Arabic: عدن ʻAdan) is a governorate of Yemen, including the city of Aden. At the 2004 census, it had a population of 589,419.[2] The ancient capital, the port city of Crater, was located here.

محافظة عدن
Country Yemen
RegionAden Region
Control Government of Yemen
 Southern Movement (disputed)
 • GovernorAhmed Lamlas
 • Total1,114 km2 (430 sq mi)
 • Total1,917,000
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,500/sq mi)

Aden was under British rule in the period from 1839 to 1967. In 1967, after years of struggle, Aden and other southern governorates gained their independence. The city of Aden subsequently became the capital of South Yemen between 1967 and 1990. In 1990, both South Yemen and North Yemen combined to form the present Republic of Yemen. Aden is now the commercial capital of the Republic of Yemen.[citation needed]

The archipelago of Socotra was part of the Governorate of Aden, but it was attached to Hadhramaut Governorate in 2004.[citation needed]

On 6 December 2015, the governor of Aden, General Jaafar Mohammed Saad, was killed in a car bomb attack that also killed six members of his entourage. Several other bystanders were wounded. Shortly after the attack, the Islamic State claimed responsibility.[3] On July 29, 2020, Ahmed Hamed Lamlas, the STC secretary general was appointed by the Yemeni in-exile president as new governor of Aden as a result of the modified version of the Riyadh agreement signed between the Yemeni government and the southern transitional council representatives.

Geography Edit

At 1,114 square kilometers, Aden is the second-smallest governorate in Yemen by area. However, its population density is the second-highest, after Sanaa Governorate.

Adjacent governorates Edit

Districts Edit

Aden Governorate is divided into the following 8 districts. These districts are further divided into sub-districts, and then further subdivided into villages:

References Edit

  1. ^ "Statistical Yearbook 2011". Central Statistical Organisation. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Law, Gwillim (27 July 2010). "Governorates of Yemen". Statoids. Gwillim Law. Archived from the original on 13 May 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  3. ^ Mukhashaf, Mohammad (6 December 2015). "Yemen's Aden governor killed in car bombing claimed by Islamic State". Reuters. Retrieved 6 December 2015.

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