UAE-backed militants reinforce in anticipation of Islah militia attack on Shabwah

UAE-backed militants reinforce in anticipation of Islah militia attack on Shabwah

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupation troops have declared a state of emergency in Belhaf, the largest oil production facility in the southeast Yemeni province of Shabwah after receiving Saudi threats on Monday, Yemen News Portal reported.

Sources in the so-called “Shabwah Elite” militia, affiliated with the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) said  their forces have been deployed inside and around the facility, have raised the highest alert and taken precautions in anticipation of an attack by Saudi-backed factions.

The moves came hours after a Saudi mediation committee informed UAE forces of a new escalation by the Islah party, the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The sources said the Saudi committee had informed the UAE side that Islah is preparing an attack on the facility .

In the same context, the Shabwah Elite militia issued a strong warning to Islah Party’s militants, giving them 48 hours to remove military points awy from Belhaf gas facility

The coastal area of Balhaf in Shabwah has been witnessing military tensions between the Islah party militants and the UAE-backed militias, for the second week in a row.

In August 2019, Islah militants were  able to expel the STC militia from Ataq, the capital of Shabwah.

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