Adel al-Hassani, a former detainee in a UAE person and a leader in the so-called Southern Resistance, reported on Tuesday witnessing an Emirati offical welcoming another official at the airport of Yemen’s occupied Socotra island.
Al-Hassani posted video footage showing the men exchanging talks and praising the occupation for the support of the airport.
إماراتي يستقبل إماراتي في مطار سقطرى،، إحتلال متكامل الأركان، ويحرسهم جنود الإنتقالي الذين استقدموهم من خارج الجزيرة بالمال المدنس،،،
طبعاً المطار لم يدعموه بشيء الا بكراسي فقط.#عادل_الحسني pic.twitter.com/CfPHP2yoyA
— عادل الحسني (@Adelalhasanii) November 10, 2020
“This is a full-fledged occupation guarded by the Southern Transitional Council (STC)’s soldiers who brought the Emirates from outside the island with the promise of profits. Of course, the only thing the UAE occupation provided to the airport was some chairs,” he tweeted.
Al-Hasani is one of the most prominent leaders of the Southern Resistance. Previously, he had been arrested and imprisoned in Bir Ahmed prison by the UAE forces in Aden, before eventually being released.
Although the UAE courts Southern Yemeni separatists and activists, many have begun to question the Emirati intentions for the region.