On a volcanic island off Yemen, a mysterious airbase is being built at one of the world’s most important sea crossing points for energy shipments and commercial cargo. Although no country has yet been contacted for the Mayun Island in the Bab al-Mandeb Strait, experts consider it to be a job for the United Arab Emirates. According to experts, the new airbase will allow the UAE to strengthen in the Bab al-Mandeb strait and easily launch air strikes on the mainland of Yemen, which has been shaken by years of bloody war. The UAE will also have acquired a strategic base for all operations in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and near east Africa.
On a volcanic island off Yemen, a mysterious airbase is being built at one of the world’s most important sea crossing points for energy shipments and commercial cargo. No country has claimed the Mayun Island airbase in the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. However, officials in Yemen suggested that the airbase was built by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
YEMEN: HAVVA BASE BUILT BY UAE
Officials in Yemen’s internationally recognized government said the country was behind the construction of the mysterious airbase, despite the UAE announcing that it withdrew its troops fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen in 2019.
Jeremy Binnie, Middle East editor of the open-source intelligence firm Janes, who has been tracking construction in Mayun for years, said, “This seems like a longer-term strategic goal to create a relatively permanent presence. It is probably not just about the Yemen war and its commercial purpose is clear. we need to see it this way, “he said. Emirati officials in Abu Dhabi and the UAE embassy in Washington did not respond to press requests for comment.
IT WILL PROVIDE MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL ADVANTAGE TO UAE
However, the airbase on Mayun Island will allow the UAE to strengthen in the Bab al-Mandeb strait and easily launch air strikes on the mainland of Yemen, which has been shaken by years of bloody war. It will also have a strategic base for all operations in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and near east Africa.
Satellite images from Planet Labs, obtained by the Associated Press, showed construction vehicles building a 1.85km runway on the island on April 11th. By May 18, work was completed with three hangars built on asphalt just south of the runway.
UAE SHIPS CARRY SOLDIERS, WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT
A runway of this length could accommodate attack, surveillance and transport aircraft, experts report. Military officials of Yemen’s internationally recognized government, which the Saudi-led coalition has supported since 2015, said the UAE is building the runway. Speaking to the EP on the condition that they remain anonymous because they do not have the authority to make a statement to journalists, officials said Emirati ships have carried military weapons, equipment and soldiers to Mayun Island in recent weeks.
On the other hand, tugboats linked to Dubai-based Echo Cargo & Shipping and landing ships and carriers from Abu Dhabi-based Bin Nawi Marine Services helped bring equipment to the island on this first trial, according to tracking signals recorded by data firm Refinitiv. Satellite photographs at the time show workers unloading equipment and vehicles at a temporary beach port.
Eleonora Ardemagni, an analyst at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies, stated that the Horn of Africa has become a dangerous place for the UAE due to rivals and local war risks. stated that it is a region.
Ardemagni said, “The UAE is shifting from a power projection understanding to an understanding focused on power conservation in its foreign policy.”
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