The fighting in Socotra threatens to cause irreversible damage to the World Heritage Site, which has rare plant species and marine life [Al Jazeera]

Yemen’s internationally recognised government says Southern Transitional Council (STC) fighters have staged “a full-fledged coup” in the strategic island of Socotra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“The militias of the so-called Transitional Council in the Socotra carried out a full-fledged coup that undermined state institutions in the province,” Yemen’s official news agency reported, quoting an unnamed government official.


By the end of Saturday, the separatist group, which is backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), had taken control of most of the remote province from forces of Yemen’s internationally recognised government headed by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

“These militias launched an

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