UAE and Israel to establish spy base in Yemeni Island of Socotra

The two countries, which normalized relations earlier this month, have already undertaken steps to install a spy base on the island.

Socotra Island سقطری in Yemen has been regarded as ‘the most alien-looking place on earth’. In this photo, Dragon’s Blood trees, known locally as Dam al-Akhawain دم الأخوين, or blood of the two brothers, are seen on the island. 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel are working on a plan to establish a spy base in the Yemeni island of Socotra (سقطری), according to JForum, the official sites of the Jewish and French-speaking community.

The two countries, which normalized relations earlier this month, have already undertaken steps to install a spy base on the island strategically located in the Arabian Sea some 350 kilometers south of Yemen.

(Flickr/Gerry and Bonni)

Israel and the UAE are making all logistical preparations to set up intelligence bases to collect information throughout the Gulf of Eden Bay from Bab Al-Mandab on the island of Socotra, in southern Yemen, which is under the control of the UAE, reported JForum citing Yemeni sources.

It was suggested that the co-operation to build a spy base was down to the two country’s normalization of ties.


According to the report, a delegation of Israeli and Emirati intelligence officers arrived on Socotra Island very recently and examined various locations for establishing the planned intelligence bases.

The purpose of such a base would be to collect intelligence across the region, particularly from Bab Al-Mandab and south of Yemen, along with the Gulf of Eden and the Horn of Africa.

(Flickr/Gerry and Bonni)

The report alleged that Tel Aviv’s surveillance centers monitor the actions of Houthi militants in Yemen and Iranian naval movements in the region, as well as examining sea and air traffic in the southern region of the Red Sea.

Security consideration has been cited as one of the major reasons for the UAE breaking ranks with its Arab neighbors to normalize ties with Israel, leading to accusations that the Emirati rulers had colluded with the Zionist state and the US in diplomatic aggression against their Palestinian brothers.

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  • A base here poses a threat to all muslim countries but especially Pakistan which is in clear line of sight. Emirati treason is no surprise but for Pak safety the Pak navy should immediately occupy this island with help from brother muslims and forcibly remove emirati occupiers and any israelis or do we have to deal with even more threats to our existence. Israel wants to harm Pak army /muslim nuke arsenal because we are the only muslims that can defend ourselves. This island must be restored to yemen or siezed by Pakistan, gulf arab traitors will be death of us all, they dont hide their love of India and israel the two countries that want to destroy us more than anyone else. Pakistan needs to wake up to all threats to our existence.

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