UAE, Israel To Establish Spy Base On Yemen’s Socotra Island. Again?

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UAE, Israel To Establish Spy Base On Yemen’s Socotra Island. Again?

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel are secretly working to establish a spy base on the strategic Yemeni Island of Socotra, the Press TV reported on February 18.

The Iranian news channel citied JForumm, the official website of the Jewish and French-speaking community. The website said the base will collect intelligence from across the region.

“The purpose of such a spy station would be to collect intelligence across the region, particularly from the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a sea route chokepoint between the Horn of Africa and the south of Yemen, along with the Gulf of Aden and the Middle East,” the website said.

UAE forces landed in Socotra in 2018. The island is currently under the control of the Southern Transitional Council, Abu Dahbi’s main proxy in Yemen.

Earlier, the UAE already cooperated with Israel on surveillance projects. In 2015, Abu Dhabi contracted Israeli Asia Global Technology for a surveillance project called Falcon Eye.

This is not the first report claiming that the UAE and Israel are working to establish a joint spy base on Yemen’s Socotra. Between August and September of the last year, a number of reports by Arab and Turkish sources spread rumors about the alleged base.

Some Yemeni sources even reported a visit by Israeli and UAE intelligence officers to Socotra last year. Yet, no unusual constructions were observed at the island.

The UAE’s takeover of Socotra was criticized by most Yemeni sides, including the Houthis (Ansar Allah) and officials from the Saudi-backed government.

While the UAE has the resources to finance a spy base in Socotra island, it lacks the technology, which Israel can provide. Nevertheless, until now there have been no signs that a spy base is being built on the island. Thus the recent reports can’t be confirmed as of early 2021.

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