Armed conflicts on the Yemeni island of Socotra has come to a temporary halt after a deescalation agreement has been reached between the Saudi-backed government forces and UAE-backed southern separatists.
The Socotra truce came after armed forces of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) fought to wrest control of Socotra’s provincial capital, Hadibo, from forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
The Former Yemeni PM Ahmed Obeid bin Daghar, in a post on Twitter, called for help and warned that the militia was attempting to gain control of the provincial capital “using all types of heavy weapons”.
Under the agreement coalition and government forces will secure Socotra, while checkpoints and military vehicles belonging to both sides are expected to be removed from the field. The truce agreement also prohibits any military vehicle and heavy artillery from leaving the island, except with an official permit issued by the governor and the coalition’s leadership as an operational order.
The country has been mired in long conflict since the coalition intervened in March 2015 against the Houthis, who control Sanaa and the majority of large urban centres. To date, the long-running conflict has killed more than 100,000 people and devastated the country’s fragile economy.