Will Yemen Experience Sectarian Violence Like Baghdad and Beirut?

EPC | 26 Nov 2013

The ongoing war in Sa’dah governorate between Houthis and Salafis has taken a new turn after an attempt was made on the life of Mohammed al-Emad, editor-in-chief of Al-Hawiya newspaper, which is close to Houthis, and the assassination of Abdel Kareem Jadban, member of the Yemeni House of Representatives and member of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) representing Houthis. It became apparent that the last two assassination attempts were different from other assassinations in the country in the past two years. The previous assassination attempts were mostly done out of revenge and settling scores among rival factions in 2011 or as part of al-Qaeda’s targeting of army and police officers. This means that these assassinations were mostly politically motivated, while the last two assassinations were likely carried out for sectarian motivations and considerations. This points out to a new kind of sectarian violence in Yemen’s political life. So, who stands behind the recent assassinations? What are their goals and motives? Could Yemen experience sectarian explosions like Iraq and Lebanon? Are these actions going to increase or decrease over the next stage? What are the repercussions of these actions on the general situation in the country, notably NDC?

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