Yemen’s internal security challenges and the Riyadh talks
The attack on a liquefied natural gas pipeline on Sunday was the latest security incident in the oil and gas-rich Shabwa province in southern Yemen.
The province’s newly appointed governor, Awadh bin Al-Wazir Al-Awlaqi, said on Monday that the attack was a “terrorist destructive act,” accusing unnamed “terrorist groups” of carrying it out. He said that the attack provided evidence that terrorist groups are living their final days but also attempting to sabotage the process of restoring security and stability in Yemen and divert the PLC’s attention.
This was not the first incident of sabotage of oil and gas installations or pipes in Yemen or even in Shabwa.