UAE-backed Separatist Commander Vows to Secede from Yemen Soon

Aden (YRW) – A commander in the Emirati-backed mercenary forces has vowed that the southern part of Yemen will secede from the Republic of Yemen soon, in order to form its own independent country.
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Muneer Al-Yafey, a commander in the Emirati-backed mercenary forces, has vowed that the southern part of Yemen will secede from the Republic of Yemen soon, in order to form its own independent country.

Al-Yafey commands a unit of the so-called Security Belt militia, an armed mercenary group supported by the United Arab Emirates and consisting mostly of South Yemeni separatists.

In a speech marking the anniversary of the so-called “Southern Separatist Council” held in Lahj province, the commander said that his forces will remove all Saudi-backed troops from the south of Yemen, specifically from the south-eastern province of Hadhramaut. After that, Al-Yafey vowed, the separatists will set about seceding from the Republic of Yemen and establishing an independent country altogether.

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“Socotra Island fell to our forces’ hands, and other areas fell earlier. We will soon declare our southern State”, the commander stated, referring to the recent UAE military takeover of Socotra island that happened in clear violation of international law.

Although the United Arab Emirates is officially part of the Saudi-led coalition to destroy the Yemeni revolutionary government and return ousted leader Abdrabbuh Mansur al-Hadi to power, the Abu Dhabi regime has since taken a path that runs counter to Riyadh’s objectives. Allying with the South Yemeni separatist movement, the UAE seems intent on establishing an independent South Yemen, possibly in the hope of exerting even more influence on such a new nation.

This post originally ran on Yemen Resistance Watch.

Brecht Jonkers

Historian specializing in Arab history, Islamic studies and geopolitical analysis. Active in the anti-imperialist movement in Belgium.