Saudi troops have arrived on the Yemeni island of Socotra, the AP news agency reported Sunday, citing a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition Turki al-Malki.
According to him, Saudi forces are set to conduct joint training drills with the UAE and Yemeni forces, in coordination with the Yemeni government.
The island of Socotra, listed by UNESCO as a world natural heritage site, has become the core of the dispute between Yemen and the Saudi-allied United Arab Emirates, which reportedly deployed their forces in the area earlier this the month.
Yemen's enchanting Socotra Island, so precious it's a @UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site, is under illegal occupation by #UAE. 37% of Socotra’s 825 plant species, 90% of its reptile species and 95% of its land snail species do not occur anywhere else in the world. #SaveSocotra pic.twitter.com/5wp56oBCbd— Right word (@abcdaee198) May 6, 2018
The Yemeni island of Socotra, listed by UNESCO as a world natural heritage site and the focus of a dispute between Yemen and its ally the United Arab Emirates.
UAE' forces deployed on Yemen' Socotra Island— Harry Boone (@towersight) May 3, 2018
UAEAF C-17 spotted unloading BMP-3 APCs pic.twitter.com/WvguzM5i6q
Reacting to the deployment, the Yemeni government has accused the UAE of attempts to "colonize" the country, al-Jazeera reported recently.
Chanting "Yemeni unity", a protest in Hadibu, #Socotra in solidarity w #Yemen gov against #UAE deployment of Emirati troops on the strategic island in the Arabian Sea.— SaadAbedine (@SaadAbedine) May 7, 2018
Why can't all the protests in the Arab world be like this?