New Emirati-trained forces arrive in Yemeni Socotra Island

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2019-08-31 | Since 10 Month

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A new batch of the Emirati-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) arrived Friday in Socotra, local source in the Yemeni southern islandsaid, after being trained by the United Arab Emirates in Aden.

"This is the second group, which arrived on a especial ship, including tens of Socotra youth sent by the STC last July to Aden, where they received intense military courses under supervision of UAE officers," the source added on condition of anonymity.

Last May, the Yemeni internationally-recognized government accused the UAE of deploying more than 100 STC Security Belt troops in Socotra from an Emirati naval warship, a charge denied then by Abu Dhabi.

The "new batch was welcomed by STC leaders in Socotra archipelago," the source said.

On June 30, Socotra witnessed a massive demonstration in support for the archipelago's local authorities loyal to the legitimate government, and in protest of the UAE intervention and unofficial troops' presence in the Indian Ocean island.

In May last year, Socotra saw unprecedented tension, following UAE deployment of military troops in the island's airport and seaport without a permit from central or local authorities, but the problem was ended after Saudi mediation and troop pullout.

On 10 August,STC forces seized full control over Aden, following 4-day violent clashes with official army that left 40 people killed and 260 others injured, according to UN release.

The Yemeni government dismissed the STC seizure as another coup in Aden, following the Houthi coup in Sana'a, holding the UAE and STC responsible for ramifications.

On Thursday, the Yemeni President AbdRabbu Mansour Hadi called on Saudi Arabia to intervene and stop the "Emirati blatant interference" in support of the separatist STC forces, citing the airstrikes on official army.

"We won't be terrified by aircraft of triflers targeting our land, and we'll restore Aden and establish the state's rule there," Hadi vowed.

On Wednesday, UAE airstrikes targetedYemeni official troops at fringes of Aden and in the neighboring governorate of Abyanto halt their advance towards the restoration of the temporary seat of the government seized by the UAE-backed STC.

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