Emirates Leaks

UAE pushing armed militias to Yamani Socotra despite government and popular rejection

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Troops from the security belt backed by the UAE ruling regime arrived at the port of Socotra province from the temporary capital, Aden, through the city of Mukalla in Hadramout (eastern Yemen.)

The move comes despite the growing government and popular rejection of any presence of the Emirates militias in Socotra and fears of their ambitions in the province.

Yemeni sources said that the 300 power forces were trained by the Transitional Council and the UAE forces in Aden to be the UAE and the Transitional Council arm, making it outside the control of the local authorities of the legitimate government.

The sources explained that the UAE representative in Socotra is currently working to find a headquarters for these forces within the island, which is about 350 km away from the southern coast of Yemen, and all members of these forces are from outside.

The governor of Socotra Ramzi Mahrous said in a speech last Monday at an expanded meeting of public figures, he would not allow the formation of militias for the security belt outside the authority of the Yemeni government in Socotra, as in other provinces.

Mahrous added that the formations of the security belt, which was formed in several Yemeni governorates, separated the Yemenis and fueled conflicts in Yemen.

In March, local sources said that Emirates vessels had begun to transport dozens of people and youths from Socotra to Aden to train them in the UAE camps.

According to the same sources, Abu Dhabi wants to form militias loyal to them under the name of the “Socotran elite.”

Socotra is home to about 150,000 inhabitants and has an area of more than 3,000 square kilometers. The UAE faced strong protests in Socotra and other Yemeni areas when it tried to impose a permanent military presence there.

The UAE continues its conspiracies in Yemen to loot its wealth and control its capabilities as the humanitarian crisis deepens in the country.

In this regard, the United Nations renewed the world attention to the tragedy of the Yemenis, considering that they witness the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The UN said that about 80% of Yemenis need aid, while a UN team managed to reach the mills in Hodeidah to save its stock.

The United Nations said that 230 of the 333 directorates of Yemen are facing the threat of famine. The humanitarian response plan for Yemen this year requires funding of 4.2 billion dollars, while the operation was financed by only 14 percent.

In another context, a United Nations team led by the World Food Program managed to reach the Red Sea Mills in the outskirts of Hodeidah to save 51,000 metric tons of wheat.

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, said the organization was moving against time to save food stocks in the city of Hodeidah, which can feed 3.7 million people for one month.

Grande said access to the mills, which had stopped over the past eight months, was very difficult, warning that thousands of people may not live until the food reaches them.

WFP Director in Yemen Stephen Anderson said WFP assistance was necessary to avert a famine, stressing that the level of needs remained high.