There is a hidden plan between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to divide Yemen, the ambassador of the UN’s cultural agency in Yemen has told Al Jazeera.
In an interview on Wednesday, UNESCO ambassador Ahmad al-Sayyad said, “there is synergy between the roles of Saudi Arabi and the UAE. There is a veiled vision to divide Yemen.”
Al-Sayyad’s comments come after a crisis over the island of Socotra, southwest of Yemen. The UAE deployed 300 soldiers, along with tanks and artillery, to the famed UNESCO World Heritage Site at the beginning of May.
Emirati forces seized all vital institutions there, including the airport, the ports and the government headquarters, according to residents.
The move triggered angry protests.
“We will send an international delegation to Socotra before it turns into a threatened heritage,” al-Sayyad said.
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