Coalition denies presence of UAE forces on Yemen islands


Reports suggesting the presence of the UAE forces in Yemen's Mayun and Socotra islands have been dismissed as "untrue".

That's according to a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), which quoted an official from the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen.

"All equipment currently present on Mayun Island is under the control of the Coalition Command, and is situated there to enable the Arab Coalition forces to counter the Houthi militia, secure maritime navigation and support West Coast forces," the official said.

He added that the current UAE efforts are focused on providing air support for Coalition operations in defence of the city of Marib.

The official affirmed that the Coalition respects the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Yemen.

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