Saudi forces reach Yemeni island of Socotra

Satellite image over Socotra Island, made using NASA World Wind using Landsat imagery. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated 14 May 2018
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Saudi forces reach Yemeni island of Socotra

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian troops have been deployed to the Yemeni island of Socotra, the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen said Sunday.

"Saudi forces have arrived on the island of Socotra... to train and support Yemeni forces," the coalition announced through Al-Ekhbariya channel.
The deployment was said to have been coordinated with the Yemeni government.
Socotra has been spared involvement in the Yemeni conflict, which has claimed nearly 10,000 lives since March 2015 and triggered what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The move comes after Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi praised the Arab coalition’s constant support for the legitimacy in Yemen and for the Yemeni people.
He also commended the coalition’s successes in fighting off the Iran-backed Houthi militia.


Arab coalition preventing Houthis from threatening navigation

Updated 15 min 29 sec ago
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Arab coalition preventing Houthis from threatening navigation

  • 16 permits have been issued to secure the passage of ships heading to the port of Hodeidah
  • Al-Maliki: Houthi militia continues to obstruct the arrival of humanitarian aid and violates international humanitarian law

RIYADH: The Arab coalition fighting to restore the legitimate government in Yemen said on Monday it is continuing its duty to prevent the Iranian-backed Houthi militia from threatening international shipping.
However, speaking at a weekly press conference in Riyadh, spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki also said the threat of international navigation is the responsibility of the international community
Col. Al-Maliki added that 16 permits have been issued to secure the passage of ships heading to the port of Hodeidah.
He also said that the Houthi militia continues to obstruct the arrival of humanitarian aid and violates international humanitarian law by targeting civilians and civilian sites, which have escalated to war crimes.
“The coalition is protecting the Yemeni citizens at the request of the legitimate government in Yemen and we will continue to provide assistance to the Yemeni people,” Al-Maliki added.
He also shed light on the coalition’s attacks on legitimate military targets in the capital Sanaa, which is under the control of the terrorist militia.