Qlinsia, West of Socotra island. (The Daily Star / Wikimedia Commons)
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Yemen's formal alliance with the UAE may be coming to an end after the latter deployed forces to a Yemeni island without prior consultation with Yemen's exiled government, a senior Yemeni official said Saturday.Over the past few days, the UAE has deployed some 300 soldiers, along with tanks and artillery, to the island of Socotra, which is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, heightening tensions between the two allies.Officials told the AP that the UAE has been eyeing Socotra, and other islands like Mayyun (Perim) in Bab al-Mandab, as well as ports along Yemen's southern and western coastline because of their strategic locations for both military and business interests.It has also set up small armies in southern Yemeni cities, with forces answering only to the UAE and not the internationally recognized government.
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