Rift between UAE and Saudis in Aden widens after Emirati provocations

SANA’A – The commander of the UAE invasion and occupation forces in Aden province, Mohammed al-Husani, has made a provocative visit to the airport and harbour of Aden, as well as other areas of the city that are still zones of conflict between Emirati and Saudi-backed mercenary groups.

The visit of al-Hussani is seen as a clear provocation towards the regime of self-declared “president” Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and “prime minister” Ahmed bin Daghr, who are both supported by Saudi Arabia. The city of Aden is officially claimed by the Hadi-bin Daghr regime as its temporary “capital”, but in fact is for a major part under control of Emirati forces and Abu Dhabi-allied mercenaries and South Yemeni separatists, who have made it clear that they have no intention of turning over control to Riyadh.

Conflict between Saudi-backed and Emirati-backed groups has been rampant in both Aden and Taiz provinces, with several clashes having taken place over the last months. This conflict now also includes the natural reserve island of Socotra, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is for the most part occupied by UAE forces, who are reportedly economically exploiting the fragile island at a rapid rate.

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Historian specializing in Arab history, Islamic studies and geopolitical analysis. Active in the anti-imperialist movement in Belgium

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