The United Arab Emirates announced on Monday that it is reducing the number of war-torn Yemen’s troops and shifting from a military strategy to a peace plan.
A senior UAE official told the media: “The number of our troops in Yemen It did decrease because Hudeida (the Red Sea city) has strategic significance.And tactical reasons in other parts of the country. This has a lot to do with the shift from what I call a "military priority strategy" to a "peace first strategy", and this is what I think we are doing. "
Two Western diplomats told Reuters that the UAE has begun to withdraw some troops from the southern port of Aden and Yemen’s west coast. These two places are areas established by Gulf countries and the local armed forces are in the Red Sea. The coast leads the battle with the Houthi forces.
These diplomats said that if the tension between the United States and Iran is further escalated after the tanker attacked the Gulf region and Iran shot down the U.S. drone , The UAE prefers to have its own troops and equipment.
The worst Humanitarian crisis
The conflict in Yemen began in 2014 when the Houthi armed forces took over the northern and central regions of Yemen and drove the internationally recognized government out of the capital Sana’a.
2015 Saudi Arabia and the UAE intervened in Yemen’s civil war in 1988.
In order to support Yemen’s Aden government, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been engaged in a deadly war that deprived the country of food, infrastructure and security .
In this campaign, Saudi-led airstrikes hit schools, hospitals and wedding parties.Thousands of Yemeni civilians were killed.
The Houthi armed forces use drones and missiles to attack Saudi Arabia and target ships in the Red Sea.
Civilians are hit by the conflict, which the United Nations says is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
It is reported that since 2015, this war has caused at least 91,600 deaths.