The Saudi-led coalition on Thursday denied the rumours about the presence of United Arab Emirates, UAE, forces on the Yemeni islands of Socotra and Mayyun (Perim), Saudi Press Agency reported.
All the equipment currently present on Mayyun Island are under the control of the Coalition’s Command, the coalition announced.
It added that the coalition had been deployed to enable the Yemeni and coalition forces to counter the Houthi militia, secure maritime navigation and support the forces of the West Coast.
The coalition stressed the UAE effort is concentrated with the coalition forces in confronting the Houthis by air in defending Yemen’s central province of Marib.
The coalition respects the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Yemen, the statement noted.
The announcement came following some news reports on a mysterious air base that is being constructed on a strategically located island of Yemen and lies in the Bab El-Mandeb Strait, one of the busiest maritime checkpoints, crucial for commercial and energy shipments.