Additional Saudi military reinforcements to Socotra Archipelago

Socotra (Debriefer)
2019-06-23 | Since 5 Month


Saudi military reinforcements arrive in Socotra province

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A Yemeni source said that Saudi Arabia has pushed military reinforcements to the Socotra archipelago, on the Indian Ocean off the southern coast of the country.

The source added from inside Socotra that the reinforcements that arrived in the past two days is "armor, light weapons and ammunition" of the Saudi forces, which are stationed at the airport and the port of the island, which is experiencing increasing tension between the local authority and the United Arab Emirates.

According to Arabi 12 website, the source did not rule out that the Saudis paid extra soldiers, as well as the weapons that reached Socotra Island.

The developments in Socotra came a few days after the UAE-backed forces tried to take control of the port of Socotra, but reinforcements from the Yemeni government's army and security forces managed to get them out.

Saudi forces have been in the island of Socotra since May 2018, following the outbreak of a severe crisis between the Yemeni "legitimate" government and the United Arab Emirates; after the latter sent military forces to the island without coordination with the Yemeni side at the time was the former President of the Yemen`s internationally recognized government Ahmed Obaid bin Dagher And a number of ministers are visiting the archipelago, and ended with mediation by Riyadh,  then strengthen its military presence there.

Last Tuesday, the local authority in the Socotra archipelago has confirmed its control of the situation in the port and secured it after the attempts of the security forces backed by the UAE to control the port of the island.

The local authority said in a statement, which was seen by Debriefer news agency: "A group of subversive elements called itself the security belt, attacked the port of Socotra archipelago on Tuesday afternoon and clashed with the Coast Guard forces charged with securing the port."

The statement confirmed that the group had fled and was controlling the situation and secure the port after the arrival of reinforcements from the army and security forces.

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