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.