Yemeni Govt, Southern Separatists Sign Deal to Stop Fighting on Socotra

Forces had been fighting over capital of key southern island

Fighting last week over the provincial capital city of Hadibo on Yemen’s island of Socotra came to a halt this weekend, with both sides agreeing to a deal to stop pushing into the area. Military vehicles and heavy weapons are to leave the area.

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government was in control of Hadibo, and it was being attacked by the Southern Transitional Council (STC), a UAE-backed separatist movement which has declared itself operationally independent.

Socotra is considered a very valuable strategic location in South Yemen, with the UAE openly interested in establishing a substantial base there going forward, and the STC having control of the island would ensure they could count on continued support.

Socotra mostly has not been contested during the Yemen War, though the UAE did invade it at one point. The island historically is tied to South Yemen, and some local island groups are said to have been aligned with the STC for months.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.