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SEPTEMBER 2020

Middle East’s New BFFs: With UAE’s Help Israel To Establish Intelligence Bases On Yemen’s Socotra Island

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Middle East's New BFFs: With UAE's Help Israel To Establish Intelligence Bases On Yemen's Socotra Island

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Israel is to reportedly establish intelligence bases on Yemen’s Socotra island, together with the UAE.

This followed a peace agreement signed on August 13th which appears to have turned them into quite the allies.

French-language outlet JForum reported on the presumed base, citing several sources.

Back in 2016, several high-ranking Eritrean sources announced that Israel had started to build its largest frontal intelligence base in the Red Sea basin and in the strategic area overlooking the Bab al-Mandab Strait. The base’s purpose is to electronically monitor the movements of the forces led by Saudi Arabia and the forces of ISIS.

The intelligence base was built at the top of Mount Ambassaira, located near the city of Asmara, south of the Eritrean capital.

This is also used to track the movements of the Houthis in Yemen, as well as Iranian maritime activity.

This new base on Socotra would provide even more opportunity to track the Saudi-led coalition’s enemies in Yemen, and more.

According to the report, a delegation of Israeli and Emirati intelligence officers arrived on the Socotra Island very recently and examined various locations for establishing the planned intelligence bases.

According to the report, the Israelis and Emiratis are currently making all logistical preparations to establish intelligence bases to collect information from across the Gulf of Eden, including Bab al-Mandab and south of Yemen, which is under the control of forces loyal to the UAE – by the Southern Transitional Council.

Two sites on Socotra have so far been selected for spy bases, namely the Momi region in the east of the island, where the Jamgua Center will be built and a locality in the west of the island, where Katanan Center will be established, it added.

According to sources in Yemen, the locations of the two bases are ideal because they are topographically the most appropriate places to set up the bases. They will gather electronic information on southern Yemen, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Aden, as well as the Egyptian Bab al-Mandab and the Horn of Africa.

The US, Israel and UAE recently announced that the UAE had “normalized” relations with the Tel Aviv, becoming the third Arab government — after Egypt and Jordan — to establish relations with Israel.

It appears that there would be much more cooperation between Israel and UAE, than with either Egypt or Jordan.

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