Ripple Effects from Yemen’s South Threaten Stability in Taiz

Maged Sultan & Ahmed al-Sharjabi

YPC Research Debrief   •   September 19, 2019

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The Southern Transitional Council’s (STC) August 10 seizure of Aden and the internationally recognized government’s eviction from the interim capital threatens the delicate balance of security in Taiz governorate. In reaction to events in Aden, the Yemeni Islah party, which controls most state institutions in Taiz, fears a power grab by UAE-backed forces asthe party viewsthe takeover of Aden and its aftermath as a direct threat. This has led to violence between troops loyal to the government of President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and factions backed by the UAE, some of which are affiliated with the former ruling party, the General People’s Congress (GPC). The clashes in the border area between Taiz and Lahj reveal fault lines between al-Islah and the GPC in the governorate.1 On August 20, 2019 negotiations put a halt to clashes among the various factions in the southernmost district al-Shamaytayn. However, tension remains high and the risk of renewed violent power struggles over the control of Taiz continues.