The United Arab Emirates occupation force has on Wednesday established a new military post west of Socotra, Yemen, as part of its efforts to militarise the island at the intersection of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.
The commander of the so-called 1st Marine Brigade, Abdullah al-Soqadri and the head of the interim leadership Rafat al-Thaqali, who is based in the UAE, opened the Sha’aob area in the west of Socotra as a military site, in preparation for the start of foreign experts to install radar and spy devices in this area.
This area is the most important naval observation point of Socotra, according to local residents.
The launch of the new site came on the eve of an Israeli broadcasting company’s confirmation of the arrival of an Israeli submarine in the waters of the Gulf.
It also came just one day after the so-called commander of the Coast Guard of in Hadi’s forces, Hadi Khalid al-Qumali met with Samuel Paparo, the Commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command, in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
The meeting is seen as part of arrangements for the reposition of an Israeli force on the island.