TelesomDahabshiil
Published On: Tue, May 16th, 2017

UAE ‘deploys military forces to Yemeni island for training’

Araweelo News Network

The file image made available by the United Arab Emirates’ WAM news agency shows an Emirati military convoy. (Via AFP)

Dubai(ANN)-The United Arab Emirates (UAE) says it has deployed military recruits to Yemen’s strategic Socotra Island for training purposes.

The UAE’s official WAM news agency reported late on Monday that the “intensive” training program included exercises to enhance battle skills, weapons’ use, and first aid.

Emirati forces and aid organizations have been stationed on Socotra Island since November 2015.

Last February, reports suggested that Yemen’s former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, had rented out Socotra to the UAE for 99 years in an attempt to get Abu Dhabi’s support amid the conflict gripping the impoverished country.

Last month, an Emirati airline reportedly launched flights between Abu Dhabi and Socotra.

Socotra, a small archipelago of four Indian Ocean islands, lies about 240 kilometers east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometers south of the Arabian Peninsula.

island was part of Yemen’s Hadhramaut Province but was introduced as an independent governorate in a 2013 decree by Hadi.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a brutal military campaign against Yemen for more than two years to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly Hadi. The Saudi military campaign has, however, failed to achieve its goals.

Saudi Arabia receives backing in the war from a number of its client states, including the UAE. There have, however, been some indications that Saudi Arabia and the UAE disagree on a number of issues over the war on Yemen.

The protracted war has already killed over 12,000 Yemenis, according to recent tallies.

About the Author

- #Arraale Mohamoud Jama is a freelance and investigative journalist, writer and human rights activist with more than 20 years of experience. He writes about a range of topics related to social issues such as human rights, politics and security. Other topics in which Mr. Arraale is interested include democracy and good governance. Mr. Arraale has written extensively on regional and international events, and has worked with Somaliland newspapers and Human rights organizations. In 2008, he established #Araweelo #News #website# Network, which he currently manages. For further information, please contact: Info@araweelonews.com or jaamac132@gmail.com Send an SMS or MMS to + 252 63 442 5380 whatsapp.com/ + 252 63 442 5380 /https://twitter.com/Araweelonews/https://www.facebook.com/Araweelonews/

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Smiley face<Smiley face noradin-schools---alikhwa