Local sources said that the commander of the Special Forces in the Yemeni archipelago of Socotra rejected on Tuesday his dismissal decision, and deployed pro-Emirati militants in the vicinity of the Special Forces camp.
Anadolu news agency quoted a local source as saying, "Colonel Hussein Shaif, the dismissed commander of the Special Forces in the province, rejects his dismissal decision, which was issued by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Ahmed al-Maysari last Sunday."
The source pointed out that "Shaif expressed during his meeting with the local authority in response to the decision to dismiss him, and then retreated later."
The source confirmed that "the dismissed security commander deployed his forces and gunmen affiliated with the Southern Transitional Council (STC), supported by the Emirates, in the vicinity of the Special Forces camp and the roads leading to it."
The source pointed out that "the Emirates provided the Special Forces camp, recently, with security crews and personnel who were trained in Aden Governorate."
Socotra has witnessed rebellions several times, including the announcement by members of the "Coast Guard Brigade" of the First Marine Brigade in the province in early February, a rebellion against the legitimacy of President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi and joining the forces of the Southern Transitional Council supported by the Emirates.
On October 8, a security official announced the end of the demonstrations of a UAE-backed security rebellion in Socotra, confirming that government forces had completed control of all camps and security centers in Socotra.