A battalion of the 1st Marine Infantry Brigade announced its defection from the command of the Emirati forces, in the occupied Yemeni archipelago of Socotra.
According to local sources, the “Coast Guards” battalion in Socotra, affiliated with the “First Marine Brigade”, joined the so-called “Dera Al-Watan” forces affiliated with the so-called “Saudi 808 Duty Forces” on the island, after the latter established a military base in the Mori area, near Hadibo Airport last month.
The sources pointed out that the commander of the “Coast Guard Battalion”, demanded the leadership of the Saudi forces, during the past two days, to adopt the battalion’s gunmen within their ranks.
The sources pointed out that the battalion commander, “Mahfouz Ali Issa,” announced his opposition to the UAE project on the island.
The battalion led by Mahfouz Issa had previously announced its defection from the Islah forces and joining the UAE forces in January 2020.
It is noteworthy that the Saudi forces have worked over the past days to attract dozens of Socotra sons and recruit them into the ” Dera Al-Watan” forces are being trained at its military base on the island.