Yemen Southern Separatists Take Control of Socotra Island

Yemen Southern Separatists Take Control of Socotra Island

Yemen Southern Separatists Take Control of Socotra Island

The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen said on Tuesday it had intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi movement toward the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.

Sources told Reuters last week that Saudi Arabia, which has tried to broker a deal between the STC and Hadi's government, had presented a proposal to end the separatist stand-off, but the STC subsequently denied receiving it.

The coalition also intercepted 8 drones laden with explosives and launched towards the kingdom on Monday (June 22), according to the coalition.

The Houthi-affiliated Almasirah Media Network reported that Houthi forces launched "a barrage of ballistic, winged missiles and drones deep in Saudi Arabia", saying the move was a response to the "Riyadh regime's bloody military campaign".

The biggest attack was the one that targeted the oil giant Aramco's facilities past year.

Yemen has been mired in civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of much of the country's north and forced the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of Sanaa.

The STC, which declared autonomy in southern Yemen on 26 April, said it had already begun implementing self-rule on the island.

A US -backed, Saudi-led coalition intervened the following year to try and restore Hadi's rule.

She said Pakistan reiterates its full support and solidarity with Saudi Arabia against any threats to its security and territorial integrity.

"The government forces withdrew to other locations out of Socotra's capital now under the control of the STC's troops", he added.

As part of the deal, a coalition's joint force will deploy to monitor the ceasefire in Abyan province where the fighting has raged over the past six months, along with the neighbouring oil-producing region of Shabwa.

The island, located off the Horn of Africa about 350 kilometres from Yemen, lies close to important shipping routes, and with its unique flora and fauna, is sometimes referred to as "the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean".

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