UAE’s presence in southern Yemen is no longer welcomed: Report
From al-Mohrah in the far east of Yemen, extending through Shabwa, and ending at the coastal southern province of Aden, a growing state of rejection appears to be forming in the face of the “coalition”, that no longer finds it shameful to practice repression openly and without ambiguity against the southerners of Yemen.
Inhuman acts and practices in the south couldn’t suppress the spark of the southern uprising, given the widening circle of rebellion and the emergence of figures opposed to the leadership of the popular movement.
Contrary to the intention of the «coalition» behind the guidance of the detention of the former deputy for Mohrah province (former), Ali Salem Al-Harizi, the reactions to the Saudi-UAE order surfaced, to confirm that what is happening in the province, which is located in the east of Yemen is not just a “surge” that would end with the stick of intimidation, and that popular protests against the “occupation” can extend beyond what is anticipated by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.
The aforementioned countries, two months after their instructions to the outgoing exiled ex-president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, forced the dismissal of Harizi governor due to his support for the protests that condemn the coalition. The Saudi coalition knows that putting this man into detention would be sufficient to silence him, preventing him from continuing to lead the masses of protesters, who seek the departure of Saudi and UAE forces from the land of al-Mohrah.
However, the answer came in the form of rebellion, which may not have been expected by the Saudis and Emiratis due to their quick, unstudied actions in Yemen.
At the head of an armed tribal procession of more than 100 cars, al-Harizi, hours after his arrest warrant, went to the town of al-Ghaydah, the center of al-Mahara province (coming from Shahn), where he joined the sit-in there, parallel to sit-ins in other areas, on the top of which is the Mesila sit-in, where the Saudi and UAE camps are located.
According to local sources, al-Harizi attended a meeting of the Committee for the peaceful sit-in in Al-Ghayda to discuss the next steps against the Saudi presence in the province.
The Sheikh’s leading tribal approach to Al-Ghayda came after news of his departure for Oman, which contradicts with his arrest warrant. A source close to him denied the arrest warrant, Al-Harizi returned and confirmed that « the arrest warrant does not concern him» and that he «will be active in all the districts of the province», calling on al-Mahara’s residents to «continue their sit-ins and not surrender», and leave Saudi Arabia between the two options: Unacceptable actions and presence, or to engage in genocide because they will not remain silent or submit to threats.”
Shabwa suffers from a fuel crisis under the control of the UAE
The order to arrest al-Harizi provoked outraged reactions among the people of al-Mahara”, who quickly came to the man’s house to show solidarity with him, in the face of those “who have submitted for the Saudi occupation,” according to a source close to Harizi.
He also considered the arrest warrant a method to escape the compromise made with the protesters. The sheiks and dignitaries have signed a letter to the Saudi-led coalition that warns against harming al-Harizi, the sit-in committee issued a statement that considered the arrest of al-Harizi or any of al-Mahara’s figures “a way to evacuate peace from the protests.” The statement implied that there are different options for the protests, and the people are sticking to peaceful protests until the moment.”
For his part, the former deputy governor of Mahara province, Sa’id Saadan, described the arrest warrant as “crooked behavior” and said it was “an expression of bankruptcy, confusion and weakness, and not being able to bear the shock of exposing the facts to public opinion about Saudi practices, ambitions and violations.”
The popularity of al-Harizi in al-Mahara province appears to be moving to Shabwa with the emergence of Major General Ahmed Mousaed Hussein, the former state security minister in the former South State of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, and one of the sheiks of the province. His actions would be a “big blow” to the “coalition” for the man’s considerable position and symbolism at the level of his province.
His popularity was symbolized when he called for a tribal meeting at Shabwa’s center, which was accompanied by sharp statements against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The two countries were accused by the former minister (in post-unit governments) of “causing a lot of damage to the citizens of the provinces of the south, “calling on them to« reform what has been spoiled by their policy », as well as against« legitimacy »that« was able to make reforms if it was not for financial and administrative corruption».
Hussein’s call came to that meeting at a time when Shabwa’s streets were filled with outrage against the UAE’s control of the wealth resources in the province, which is suffering a suffocating crisis in oil derivatives. The most recent embodiment of the crisis took place with the disappearance of diesel and oil from the markets and the high prices at the black market.
Activists and journalists from the province are surprised that Shabwa “oil-producing province in commercial quantities” suffers from a fuel crisis, while pro Abu Dhabi “Shabwa’s elite forces” secure oil exports to the UAE.
On the other hand, the UAE keeps on making promises that it would supply oil derivatives in an attempt to “anesthetize the public and prepare for the export of the second shipment of Yemeni oil (after the first shipment in February) to Abu Dhabi.”