Socotra: UAE continues to train militias amid coup plot against Yemen government

The UAE is intent on executing a coup on the Yemeni island of Socotra, according to adviser to the government’s Ministry of Information, Mukhtar Al-Rahbi.

In a series of tweets, Al-Rahbi claimed Emirati official, Khalfan Al-Mazrouei, who is working as a representative of the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, is actually plotting with local collaborators to implement a coup against Yemeni authorities on the island.

“The UAE sends its representative to Socotra, Brigadier Khalfan Al-Mazrouei, to cause chaos,” Al-Rahbi said in a tweet. He went on to say the Emirati had met with local groups and security officials “to orchestrate a coup under the guise of providing necessary services”.

There had been previous reports of the UAE’s activities on the UNESCO protected island, with locals fearful that an occupation may ensue at the hands of UAE-backed foreign mercenaries.

In an attempt to halt these developments, the Socotra Airport recently temporarily suspended Emirates Airline flights to the island.

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