Upper Yafa (Disturbances)

Oral Answers to Questions — Aden – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Francis Noel-Baker Mr Francis Noel-Baker , Swindon 12:00 am, 7th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what casualties resulted from air raids by Royal Air Force aircraft during recent disturbances in Upper Yafa; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

There were no casualties. Aircraft were used at the request of the Upper Yafa Sultan and his son to destroy houses of specified tribal leaders in the Sultanate who had been working to undermine the authority of the Sultan, with assistance from the Yemen. Due warning of the impending operation was given to the tribesmen concerned in leaflets dropped from the air and by word of mouth from the Sultan's representatives. The houses were empty when destroyed.

Photo of Mr Francis Noel-Baker Mr Francis Noel-Baker , Swindon

Is it correct that aircraft were in operation over three days, 15th, 16th and 18th June, and very extensive damage was done?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

What happened was that effective bloodless police measures were taken in mountainous country where that is the only way to maintain proper authority.