Protests in Yemen reject Israeli presence in Socotra

Protesters in Socotra have expressed their rejection of any step aimed at establishing military bases belonging to Israel and its proxies, stressing that normalization with Israel is a betrayal of Palestine, and the city of Taiz has also witnessed protests demanding the removal of the UAE from the island.

Protesters from Socotra province (southern Yemen) organized a demonstration to express their rejection of any step aimed at establishing military bases belonging to Israel and its proxies, according to their description, stressing that normalization with Israel is a betrayal of the Palestinian cause.

The city of Taiz (south of Sana’a) also witnessed protests calling for the removal of Emirati forces from the island.

The protesters demanded, in their protest stand in the Qubhattan Center in the western region of Socotra, that the situation should return to what it was, after the living conditions of the archipelago became difficult due to the control of the UAE-backed Transitional Council on the island, which occupies a strategic location in the Indian Ocean.

Demonstrations also took place in the city of Taiz calling for the removal of the Emirati forces from Socotra Island, and the demonstrators described the Emirati presence there as an occupation, and demanded an end to Abu Dhabi’s role in the Saudi-led coalition.

They confirmed their rejection of the calls for secession of the south called by the UAE-backed Transitional Council, and chanted slogans against the Houthi group.

Earlier, a Yemeni government source reported to Al Jazeera that a new Emirati vessel named “Ed Astra” had arrived at Socotra port, and explained that the nature of the cargo it was carrying was unknown.

The source added that Socotra has become completely under the control of the UAE, and that Yemeni officials do not know what is going on inside it.

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