YEMEN Press Agency

UAE campaigns of kidnapping, forced displacement target residents of Socotra

SOCOTRA, Aug. 05 (YPA) – The UAE-funded militia launched on Thursday a campaign of kidnappings and forced displacement against the people of the Yemeni island of Socotra archipelago.

Local sources reported that the UAE militia, during the past hours, launched a massive campaign of kidnappings of a number of opponents of its presence in the city of Hadibo, including local leaders, and transferred them to its secret prisons on the island.

The campaign of kidnappings targeted a number of loyalists of the former Islahi governor in Socotra, Ramzi Mahrous, as a result of their criticism of the UAE’s decision to appoint Raafat Al-Thaqali, the leader of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militia in Socotra, as governor of the island, early this month.

Other sources reported that the UAE forces completed the process of displacing the people of Abdul Kuri Island after taking control of 6 oil sectors on the island, and the near opening of the military airport in partnership with the Zionist navy.

The UAE displaced a number of Abd al-Kuri’s people at the end of last June, after it transferred military vehicles and construction equipment last May to the island to establish an airport in cooperation with the navy of the Zionist enemy.