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UAE-Backed Separatists Seized Largest Town On Yemen’s Socotra Island (Videos, Photos)

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On June 19, forces of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) captured Socotra island’s municipal area following a short battle with forces of the Aden-based Saudi-backed government.

The battle, which began in the early morning, saw the use of heavy weapons by STC forces. After resisting for a few hours, Saudi-backed forces withdrew from the municipal area that is located in the island’s largest town, Hadiboh.

A day earlier, Saudi forces, which were deployed in Socotra as guarantor, withdrew from a key checkpoint in Hadiboh. The forces’ headquarters is located a few meter away from the municipal council that was captured by the STC.

Rafat Al-Shukili, head of the STC in Socotra, told AFP that the new attack was launched to “clear the capital [Hadiboh] from terrorists’ remnants.”

This was the fourth such an attack by the STC on Saudi-backed forces in Socotra. The Saudi-led coalition is yet to comment on the issue.

The UAE has been working to establish a lasting influence in Socotra since the beginning of the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen in 2015. The UAE first tried to win the hearts and minds of the locals by channeling investments and aid to the island. Now, Abu Dhabi is using STC forces to strengthen its influence in the island in a more aggressive manner.

The Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthis both warned in the past that the UAE is planning to annex the island.

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Jabbar Abbo

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occupybacon

UAE had build up in Socotra years ago, probably they did a little noise to cover their defeat in Libya?

Icarus Tanović

Yeah, kill each others you dump holes.

Lamumba

When is this petrol station, masquerading as a country, going to be slap back into its dark hole?

kenpachi

UAE seems to just be a rich breakoff from SA. same swine but they never get the blame

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