A tribal sheikh has said Saudi Arabia is seeking agreements with the Hadi government in order to take full control of Mahrah province in eastern Yemen.
Sheikh Hamid Zaabnout, head of the protest committee of the Shahin district in the province, said that violations in the port connecting Yemen with the Sultanate of Oman are increased frequently.
حكومة اتفاق الرياض والتي تسعى من خلال وزارة النقل التي يسيطر عليها الانتقالي ومدعومة من الاحتلال السعودي تشرعن لاتفاقات تجرى من تحت الطاولة للسيطرة على منفذ شحن وكافة المنافذ والموانئ في المهرة والمحافظات اليمنية في سبيل اخضاعها لسلطات الانتقالي. #حميد_زعبنوت
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“The aim of the violations is to take full control of the port and the fate of the Yemeni people, especially since the port remains the only lifeline,” he explained.
“Saudi-backed government seeks, through the Ministry of Transport which is controlled by the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) and is supported by the Saudi occupation, to legalise agreements concluded under the table to control the port of Shahin and other ports in Mahrah and other Yemeni provinces, in order to subject them to STC authority,” he added.