Elizabeth Kendall, a senior researcher at Oxford University in The UK, had said that the UAE has crossed all borders on the Yemeni island of Socotra.
In remarks to the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) network, she said that the UAE has sent dozens of its soldiers as well as military equipment to show its presence in the region.
She noted that it is clear that this is being opposed and rejected by the Yemeni people and from the “Hadi government” that called on them into the Yemen war.
The British researcher added that Saudi Arabia is “also likely to be concerned about the UAE’s desire to secede the south through the transitional council it supports in Aden.”
“Saudi Arabia wants Yemen to unite to preserve its interests, and the idea of a secession of the south is the last thing Riyadh wants to see,” Elizabeth Kendall said.
Kendall confirmed that northern Yemen, is witnessing a major expansion of Ansarullah activity, where the organisation is leading a coalition against the invades, and that because of the chaos in the south there has been rift in the coalition led by Riyadh and the UAE.
Yemen’s Socotra archipelago is densely populated and consists of four islands with unique botanical life that exists nowhere else, and has made it to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site list in 2008 as a geopolitical attraction.
The islands largely survived the war originally, but ever since 2016 the UAE has begun to occupy or annex Socotra.
Reportedly, the UAE wants to build a military base on the island or develop its port and take advantage of its strategic maritime position in the Arabian Sea.
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