Pro-coalition forces have on Monday launched a large-scale arrest campaign against citizens on the occupied Yemeni island of Socotra.
Local sources confirmed that in the past two days, the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC)’s militias have arrested dozens of citizens in Qalansiyah district, on charges of organising protests demanding the departure of UAE occupation troops from the island.
Last month, UAE factions launched a massive arrest campaign against the Socotra’s residents, in a move to counter the escalating popular protests against coalition forces.
Moreover, Emirati-backed forces have been accused of displacing local residents from Yemen’s Socotra archipelago in preparation for then establishment of a military base on the island of Abd Al-Kuri.
According to the sources, the recent displacement came after construction work began on the base, which is speculated to host joint UAE and Israeli forces stationed in the archipelago.
The displacements come amid increased cooperation between the UAE and Israel – who normalised ties in 2020, to set up a military and spy base on the strategically-located islands. This is in line with Israel’s ambitions to gain a foothold in the Bab El-Mandeb Strait.