UAE occupation illegally seizes land in Socotra island




Media sources have revealed that the UAE-appointed ruler of the Yemeni island of Socotra, Khalfan al-Mazrouei, is in the process of acquiring 150,000 square meters of land on the Dixam plateau, a protected area in the center of the island.

US website Lobelog cited the Hadi regime governor of Socotra island as saying that the UAE ruler on the island “has extended his control over land in the protected Dixam Plateau in the center of the archipelago.

In his remarks, the governor accused the UAE-run Khalifa Bin Zayed Charitable Foundation of carrying out suspicious acts on the island under the guise of humanitarian action.

These charitable organisations hide a more devious objective: buying the allegiance of Socotra’s residents, and enabling UAE traders and investors to conduct business on the island under their cover.

“They have enabled UAE and other GCC citizens to purchase plots of Socotra land, despite a government decree banning the sale of any land on the island, ” he said.

In the same context, the website said that the political situation makes protecting the island’s ecosystem more difficult.

The website confirmed that “the sooner Socotra’s inhabitants are weaned off the UAE aid machine, the greater the chances that the Yemeni government will be able to reestablish its sovereignty on the island and limit the risks of seeing popular allegiance shift to the UAE.”

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.

More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

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