From The New Arab:
A picture taken during Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr’s visit to Mokha has generated many angry reactions on social media because in the picture, you can see photographs of rulers from the United Arab Emirates hanging on the walls of a military camp.
The portraits – which appeared behind the Yemeni prime minister – show the founder of the UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, next to his sons Khalifa and Mohammed – now in charge, in addition to the vice president and ruler of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashed.
Yemenis on social media were insulted by the portraits, which they said were a sign of the UAE’s “de-facto occupation” of that part of Yemen.
“The image is a disgrace for Yemen and its people. On his first visit to the city of Mokha, controlled by the UAE, the prime minister appears with the emirs of a mini-state hanging over his head.”
UAE forces along with the Yemeni pro-government forces to the port city of Mokha back in February, which had been under the control of the Houthi rebels.
Many Yemenis perceive Emirati forces, which operate as part of the Arab coalition, as pursuing a different agenda to seize strategic regions and ports in Yemen, especially since the division of tasks has placed Abu Dhabi in charge of operations in southern and eastern provinces.
In June, accusations emerged that the UAE has ‘colonised’ the Yemeni island of Socotra. Reports claimed that Yemen’s government leased Socotra and nearby Abd al-Kuri island to the UAE for 99 years.
The UAE has also been accused of torture in its prisons and detention facilities in Yemen.