Monday, March 7, 2011

One Person Killed in Tribal Revenge

By Fatik Al-Rodaini

Sana'a- Mar 7, 2011- At least one person was killed after an undefined armed group killed him before his home in Yemen's capital, Sana'a. Sheikh Ali Ahmed Mosed Al-Sheba from Al Areashia tribe was killed on Monday by armed men belonging to Al Okebi tribe.

Private sources said that the two tribes from Al-Baeda province had tribal revenge problems between them. However, they signed an agreement to end revenge clashes among them in 2010.

In a statement Al Areashia tribe said that attackers were from Al Okebi tribe, and they threatened to take revenge on their Sheikh's killers.

According to analysts, this kind of crimes will separate in Yemen in the current unrest situation that faces the country.

Unusual tribal groups in the region have long clashed in disputes over land and the tribal violence had proved especially deadly, with many people killed and many others injured since decades.

Observers warned that without urgent intermediation to end revenge clashes in Yemen, the country would suffer a crucial disaster.

To solve these conflicts effectively requires an ability to understand Yemen's law and an awareness and respect for the cultural and inter-generational divides that characterize the disputes, according to lawyer Mohammed Naji Allaw, Chairman of the National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms (HOOD).

He said that those disputes are special because their cultural, social, and historical components often play singularly important roles, with roots that extend back many decades.

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