How do Saudi Arabia, UAE turn eastern Yemen upside down!




Despite the rejection by the residents of the province, the Saudi forces have been working to establish a camps in Attab district in the province as UAE bribes Yemenis with Emirati citizenshipsince the beginning of the current year 2019.

Tribal sources confirmed that gunmen from Shahin tribe burnt Saudi military caravans that had come to establish a Saudi military camp near the Shahin border crossing in Mahrah province, adding, the Saudi aim of establishing new military positions in the district is meant to further harass the commercial movement and the movement of passengers through the shipping port at the border with the Sultanate of Oman.

Military conditions are getting worse and more complex in the Shahin outlet since the Saudi forces took control of all air, sea and land transportation hubs, as well as all government institutions, which is a flagrant violation of Yemeni sovereignty.

According to the sources, the UAE is currently working on to complete the process of giving Emirati citizenship to all members of the al-Farar tribe and the descendants of the last sultans of Mahrah and Socotra provinces, reaching about 70 Yemeni members in total.

The announcement made by the Southern Transitional Council (STC) regarding the opening of recruitments for Saudi  forces and paid fighters in the eastern Yemeni province of Mahrah has caused widespread outrage among the southern community.

Al-Jazeera reported that it had obtained a report of the Human Rights office in Mahrah province in eastern Yemen on abuses by Saudi forces stationed in the province.

According to Al-Jazeera, Saudi Arabia is exercising arbitrary arrests against civilians from the military base at Ghadah airport and deport them to Riyadh.

The report noted that Saudi Arabia had dropped large quantities of weapons at the Ghadha airport and Nashton port, but deprived residents of their use. It also pointed out that Saudi forces turned the Ghadah airport and Mahrah port into military barracks.

Saudi forces refused to allow the public prosecution or any official authority to visit the Al-Ghadah Airport for fact-finding, according to the report.

Furthermore, it has been revealed that the Saudi developed several military sites and barracks in Mahrah near the residences of citizens, which led to the forced evacuation of its residents. The Saudi forces have claimed Nashton port in order to serve its own interests, and decide single-handedly which goodswill be allowed access to the province and which ones are banned or confiscated.

Some southern Yemeni observers said the STC’s announcement is “treason” to be added to the record of the Transitional Council, which is “mired in employment for the UAE and Saudi Arabia.”

Tribal rallies were staged by residents and sheikhs of Mahrah province to renew their stances rejecting to the Saudi military presence in the province.

In one rally, the head of the General Council for residents of the province sheikh Abdullah bin Essa al Afar, stressed the necessity to stand united and reject differences to confront repeated attempts by the Saudi forces to establish a camps inside the province, while the participants ,during the rally, raised banners and slogans denouncing Saudi presence in the province, calling on the occupation to leave.

In another one Hundreds of citizens in Mahrah province staged a portest rally to demand Saudi forces to leave the province, affirming that the Saudi forces brought dozens of armed paid fighters to the province aiming at the spread of security chaos,and adding that the occupation sent the large quantities of weapons at al-Ghaidha airport to turn it into Saudi military barracks.

The third one was by tribes and sheikhs of Yemen’s eastern Mahrah province declaring their full rejection to Saudi military presence in the province, and calling on it to leave.

The popular move came when the Saudi forces sent the military reinforcements to the district of Hawf, taking over the headquarters of the Yemeni Coast Guard forces on Saturday and turning it into a military barracks.

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.

However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.

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