Saudi Arabia 'boosting military presence' in southern Yemen

Saudi Arabia 'boosting military presence' in southern Yemen amid UAE troop withdrawal
1 min read
24 October, 2019
Saudi Arabia has been stepping up reinforcements since August, following violent infighting among Yemeni forces within the anti-Houthi alliance.
The UAE has backed separatist forces in Aden [Getty]

Yemeni officials say Saudi Arabia is increasing its military presence in southern Yemen, airlifting in additional troops, armoured vehicles, tanks and other military equipment.

The deployment comes as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia's main partner in the war in Yemen, continues withdrawing troops from the country.

The UAE pullout leaves the Saudi-led coalition that's fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels with a weakened ground presence and fewer tactical options.

Read more: Yemen in Focus: Saudi-Emirati allies reunite after deadly Aden fallout

On Thursday, Yemeni officials said 15 Saudi military transport aircraft landed in the southern port city of Aden.

The Yemeni officials say additional Saudi troops arrived by land in two other key Yemeni provinces, Shabwa and Hadramawt. They spoke anonymously to brief reporters.

Saudi Arabia has been stepping up reinforcements since August, following violent infighting among Yemeni forces within the anti-Houthi alliance.

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