Forces of the United Arab Emiratis (UAE) in Yemen are preparing to launch a military operation in the southwestern province of Taiz, al-Mayadeen reported on October 5, citing Yemeni sources.
The sources told the Lebanese news channel that the UAE is shipping weapons to its bases in the port city of Aden ahead of the upcoming operation.
“On Friday [October 4] a UAE ship was spotted arriving at al-Zit port in Aden, where it unloaded 100 armors and military vehicles,” al-Mayadeen quoted the sources as saying.
Last week, four similar ships loaded with weapons reportedly arrived at a newly-established port in Aden run by UAE forces.
The Houthis control most of strategic positions in Taiz, including areas overlooking the city, which is controlled by local militias backed by the Saudi-led coalition.
Last June, several sources claimed that the UAE is withdrawing most of its forces from Yemen and adopting a more diplomatic approach. This claim was denied by the Houthis. The Yemeni movement has warned the UAE on several occasions that Yemeni forces are more than capable to strike UAE cities.