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UAE Collaborates in Initiative to Safeguard Israel’s Maritime Shipping

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Behind closed doors and beyond media coverage, the UAE participates in a covert partnership with the United States and Israel to safeguard Israel’s maritime trade routes and counter the assaults from the Ansar Allah “Houthi” faction in Yemen.

Diplomatic sources have disclosed that the United States, alongside its allies in Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi, has commenced the installation of air defense systems in the Gulf of Aden. This action suggests a strategic shift towards the withdrawal of American and British warships, which have been facing nearly daily attacks.

Yemeni military sources reported that the Emirati and American forces have been installing an air defense system, including the Patriot and the occupation’s Iron Dome, in addition to early warning radars.

According to the sources, these systems are being installed on the Yemeni island of Abd al-Kuri, near Bab al-Mandab.

The sources regarded the installation of the systems as a strategic measure to ensure safe navigation for Israel, with leadership from both the United States and Britain across the Arab and Red Seas, as well as the Gulf of Aden.

It is significant to note that the disclosure of the actions taken by the US and the UAE coincides with the emergence of an electronic platform unveiling questionable Emirati activities on the island. These activities include the transportation of a substantial quantity of military equipment to the uninhabited island.

The “ICAD” platform released satellite images sourced from the “Planet” website, illustrating the bustling movements of an Emirati cargo vessel named “Takreem” shuttling between Abu Dhabi, Abdul Kuri, and Socotra Island. This island serves as an advanced base for Emirati, American, and Israeli forces in the Arabian Sea.

The pictures also show the construction of a sea promontory for several miles to receive new shipments

Activists in Yemen had previously launched an electronic campaign under the hashtag #Occupation_of_Abdul-Kuri_Yemeni_Island to denounce the extensive work taking place in secret to establish an Emirati-Israeli military intelligence base on Abdul-Kuri Island.

Prominent Yemeni journalist and activist Anis Mansour said that the UAE and Israel have established a military and intelligence base on “Abd al-Kuri” Island, located within the Socotra Island archipelago in the Indian Ocean, which has an area of 133 square kilometers.

Mansour further stated that what he labeled as the occupying troops had initiated the displacement of Yemeni and indigenous military units from the island, with residents also being relocated to the “Qusayr” region.

He highlighted that the population on the island consists of around one thousand fishermen, and plans are currently underway to construct housing for them in Hadramaut. This initiative aims to maintain the island as a military and intelligence base for Israel.

He mentioned that the base’s setup began after the Minister of Transport in the “Moeen” government, affiliated with the transitional government, permitted the construction of a local airstrip for helicopters. This expanded into an airport with a maritime bridge, facilitating the landing of heavy equipment and intelligence communication devices.

Anis Mansour added that, apart from clandestinely introducing Israeli and Emirati forces to the island without the consent of the legitimate leadership, all these actions flagrantly disregard Yemen’s dignity and sovereignty.

In August 2022, an investigation by the “ICAD” platform revealed that the UAE was building a new runway for aircraft on the Yemeni island of Abdul Kuri.

The platform reported that its team acquired satellite images from the Maxar satellite, revealing that the UAE had initiated the construction of a new aircraft runway on the Yemeni island of Abdul Kuri. This development is concurrent with the construction of the existing runway, which commenced in December 2021.

It explained, “Construction of the new runway began west of the old runway around the beginning of July 2022, with the appearance of a thin paved dirt line.” Pointing out that the recent picture shows the start of completion of the construction of the modern runway at the end of July, specifically on July 23, 2022.

It detailed, “The construction of the new runway commenced west of the existing one in early July 2022, marked by the emergence of a narrow paved dirt pathway.” The recent image indicates that the modern runway’s construction was nearing completion by late July, notably on July 23, 2022.