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Saudi Arabia deploys troops to Yemen’s Socotra after UAE’s military build-up

Saudi Arabia deploys troops to Yemen’s Socotra after UAE’s military build-up

Saudi Arabia has deployed troops to Yemen’s Socotra amid anger over the UAE’s military build-up on the island as rivalry grows between the two allies.

Monday, 14 May 2018 16:07

The Saudi deployment comes after the UAE sent some 300 soldiers, along with tanks and artillery, to Socotra earlier this month in a move that drew the ire of Yemenis.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been waging a deadly war on Yemen since March 2015. The war has killed and injured over 600,000 civilians, according to the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights. The Saudi-led aggression has triggered what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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