Masked men, allegedly belonging to al-Qaeda, two weeks ago set fire to the Church of St. John in the city of Aden, just hours after it had been vandalized. Fortunately there were no casualtiesas a result of this attack, because the church was empty when the fire was started. A police officer told international news agencies that the police were convinced that this attack had been carried out by jihadists.
The church of St John, located in the port area of the city, was one of the few remaining churches that was still active in Aden. This is in stark contrast to the more than two dozen churches that existed in 1967, when the country was a British colony.
One must bear in mind that Yemen is currently in a state of war, with violent conflict between the Shia and Sunni communities. This confrontation has already had regional repercussions as a result of the involvement of countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran.