Gulf of Aden Security Review
A regularly updated review of both Yemen and the Horn of Africa covering topics related to security, governance, and militant activity.
Yemen: Pro-Hadi GPC leadership condemns party elections held in Sana’a
Horn of Africa: Afar security forces kill 11 ethnic Somalis in attack; Somali federal and regional leaders hold conference in Puntland
Yemen Security Brief
The wing of the General People’s Congress (GPC) party aligned with President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government condemned the election of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh as deputy chairman of the GPC on May 2. The al Houthi movement-aligned GPC wing in Sana’a elected Saleh and several others to leadership positions on May 2. Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh is the son of the late former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Horn of Africa Brief
Security personnel from Ethiopia’s Afar Region killed 11 ethnic Somali pastoralists during a raid on Afdam, a village in Ethiopia’s Somali region, on May 3. The attack is part of ongoing ethnic conflict between Ethiopia’s Afar and Somali populations.
Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and the leaders of Somalia’s Federal Member States met for a conference in Puntland’s capital city of Garowe on May 3 to discuss the increasingly strained relationship between the Somali Federal Government and regional governments. This is the first meeting of the two sides since the several Federal Member States boycotted a meeting of Somalia’s National Security Council on April 19.
 “Conference’ elects Ali Abdullah Saleh’s son as deputy chairman, al Shrim states this is ‘illegal,” El Watan News, April 3, 2019, https://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/4141742.
 “NEWS: ELEVEN CIVILIANS KILLED IN SITI ZONE OF SOMALI REGION BY WHAT WITNESSES SAID WERE AFAR REGIONAL STATE SPECIAL FORCES,” Addis Standard, May 3, 2019, http://addisstandard.com/news-eleven-civilians-killed-in-siti-zone-of-somali-region-by-what-witnesses-said-were-afar-regional-state-special-forces/.
 “Somali PM Arrives In Garowe,” Mareeg, May 3, 2019, https://mareeg.com/somali-pm-arrives-in-garowe/.