UAE occupation moves to register Socotra island residents with fingerprint system

UAE occupation moves to register Socotra island residents with fingerprint system

The UAE has brought military experts and intelligence officers to the Socotra archipelago in southern Yemen, local sources reported on Sunday.

The sources said that the UAE had brought in a second military committee of experts from several Arab nationalities, who had started a campaign of counting and registering employees and civilians on the island through a fingerprint system. The new registration rule had reportedly aroused great popular resentment on the island.

The move comes after the UAE had brought in a previous military committee for a census on the island’s residents, amid great secrecy about any information related to this committee and the identity of its members.

The committee members have reportedly made a reconnaissance tour of the island, accompanied by Emirati officers and leaders of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), moving between military sites established by STC militias.