Military Capabilities

UAE armour lands on Socotra

04 May 2018

United Arab Emirates (UAE) soldiers, BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, and military trucks were seen being unloaded from C-17 transport aircraft at the airport on the Yemeni island of Socotra (Suqutra) in photographs that began circulating on social media on 3 May.

Two C-17s and at least two BMP-3 were seen in the photographs, which could be geolocated to Socotra’s airport.

Al-Jazeera reported that four Emirati aircraft and 100 troops had arrived on the island to intimidate visiting officials from Yemen’s internationally recognised government.

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