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What is happening in the most important ports and airports in southern Yemen?

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Local sources in Aden province,under the control of UAE, revealed that the Saudi-ledcoalition, backed by the US, destroyed a number of the most important economic establishments in the province, including the oil port which is threatened to collapse.

The sources pointed out that the port is being damaged by the UAE military practices in the port, whereas its platform was damaged by the landing of heavy weapons such as tanks, and a heavy dirt cover along the port, explaining that the dock began to crack.

The sources stressed that what is happening in the port is not an individual case. Since the entry of the UAE and the coalition forces to the Yemeni areas, they have taken control of the important facilities, and comes to mind at first glance that it is a military necessity, but after the provinces fell under the hands of the UAE-Saudi forces , especially ports and airports.

The UAE’s determination to use them has resulted in depriving citizens, especially in these facilities, from carrying out their business and benefiting from their services, such as the port of Al Mukha, where the UAE forces are located, and Al Rayyan Airport in Mukalla,which is considered as a military base for UAE.

The port of Mukha did not resume its activities, despite the UAE’s control over it in early 2017. It became the headquarters of the UAE forces overseeing the liberation of the West Coast, although there are vast alternative areas that can be taken as headquarters for these

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According to local sources, former Prime Minister of the resigned Yemeni president Hadi’s government, Ahmed Ben Dagher, had promised to restart the port of Mukha during his visit to the port but it didn’t happen because of UAE forces.

Al Rayan Airport in Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout province, which is considered one of Yemen’s most important airports, has been transformed into an Emirati headquarters since April 2016.

The closure of the airport, which UAE forces say is undergoing maintenance, has caused trouble for citizens and patients wishing to travel, who are forced to travel through road to the cities of Sayoun and Aden, and then take off. The airport serves residents of Hadramout, Shabwa, Mahara and Socotra governorates as well as traders and fish suppliers to outside Yemen. According to media reports, the UAE is trying to monopolize the airport after it reopened it for Etihad Airways.

The UAE is directly involved in running the ports of Aden and Mukalla. It controls the export facilities of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil fields in Shabwa province, and its paid fighters is threatening the legitimate government to break into administrative institutions and control them.

In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started  a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and  prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.

Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Aden city, which was occupied by UK but now under the control of UAE, and the rest of the southern cities witness an insecurity situation that increased the assassinations of Imams of mosques and security and military leaderships.

The province of Aden also witnesses a security fiasco that escalated with killings, looting issues , in addition to others that never happened before.

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