YEMEN Press Agency

Socotra witnesses military tensions among UAE militia

SOCOTRA, Feb. 07 (YPA) – “UAE-run Socotra Island is witnessing military tensions among the armed groups in the province,” according to local sources familiar with the matter on Monday.

The sources on the island stated that the leadership of the UAE-backed militia, which are belonging to the areas of Dhalea and Yafa, refused to hand over the Emirati cash rewards, estimated at 500 dirhams, the recruits of the province, through the Khalifa Foundation.

According to the sources, the leaders of Dhalea and Yafea directed, during the past hours, to strip the recruits of the sons of Socotra of their weapons, and directed to expel them from the militia’s military sites, and accused them of treason.

The military tensions developed between the militias, amid accusations of occupying the lands of the island’s sons by the leaders of Dhalea and Yafa.

The sources noted that the representative of the Khalifa Foundation, who holds an Egyptian nationality, refused to hand over the Emirati rewards, On the condition of receiving a dose of the Corona vaccine.

The UAE has imposed on the residents and people of Socotra to deal in the Emirati dirham instead of the Emirati riyal during the last months of last year 2020.