MAHRAH – UAE-backed forces that have arrived in Mahra province have been stationed at various security points, amid tensions and protests over the Saudi military presence.
According to a source in the local authority in the province, hundreds of elite forces arrived on Sunday, accompanied by dozens of vehicles to the city of Ghaydah, after months of training outside the province under the supervision of the UAE forces.
The source added that the troops arrived stationed at security points, and took the Coast Guard Camp in Hawf district east of Mahra as the headquarters.
In a related context, a number of sheikhs and dignitaries of Hawf have expressed their rejection of any military development or the establishment of military points in the region.
The Mahra Elite, a similar version of the forces established by the UAE in the provinces of Aden, Lahj, Abyan, Shabwa, Dhalea and Hadramout, was founded in late July in 2015, as a mercenary unit loyal to the Emirati invaders.
Over the course of last year; Mahra has witnessed popular protests over the control of the Sarafit port, Birin shipment, Al-Ghayda airport and Nashton by the Saudi forces, with people demanding their handover to the local forces, as well as the lifting the restrictions on movement, import and export and the end of military developments on their soil.
The popular protests ended in July with an agreement to meet the demands of the protesters, but the agreement has not been implemented, and Saudi forces have continued to occupy positions in the province.