Saada Governorate

Saada (Arabic: صَعْدَةṢaʿdah) is one of the governorates of Yemen. The governorate's seat and the largest city is Sa'dah. The Houthi group originates from this governorate.[2]:1008


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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
Occupation Houthis (Ansar Allah)
 • GovernorHadi Tarshan (in-exile)
 • Total11,375 km2 (4,392 sq mi)
 • Total1,038,000
 • Density91/km2 (240/sq mi)


Since June 2004, violent conflict has taken place in Saada, killing several thousand and displacing 250,000 people countrywide.[3] Known in English as the Houthi 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.[4] In May 2008, it was estimated that there were 77,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Saada as a result of the conflict.[5]

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


Location of Sa'dah in Yemen

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  1. ^ "Statistical Yearbook 2011". Central Statistical Organisation. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  2. ^ Freeman, Jack (2009). "The al Houthi Insurgency in the North of Yemen: An Analysis of the Shabab al Moumineen". Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. 32 (11): 1008–1019. doi:10.1080/10576100903262716. ISSN 1057-610X.
  3. ^ Yemen: Relative calm in Sa'ada, Amran and Al-Jawf[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ IRIN 2008, 'YEMEN: Peace agreement on verge of collapse?', IRIN, 20 April. Retrieved on 28 April 2008.
  5. ^ IRIN 2008, 'YEMEN: Rebel leader calls for international aid', IRIN, 6 May. Retrieved on 6 May 2008.

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