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UAE-backed forces take over Omani cargo port

United Arab Emirates backed forces took over an Omani cargo port yesterday, Al Sharq reported.

Cargo was seized by an armed group loyal to the UAE in eastern Yemen's Al-Mahara province near the Sultanate of Oman with support from an apache helicopter.

Fighters from the Zabnut Al-Mahariya tribe were responsible for taking over the cargo port. Local sources reported that the Zabnut tribe had a long-lasting dispute with the Raafit tribe based near the port, regarding access to roads which transport goods from Oman to Yemen.

There is no confirmation that the apache helicopter involved belonged to the UAE.

Since 2015, the UAE has operated in the south of Yemen, supporting the recently set-up Southern Transitional Council which is led by an ally Aidarous Al-Zubaidi.

Read: Yemen's president is an obstacle for UAE forces

Note: This page was updated at 15.36 BST on August 7, 2017 to correctly state that the roads are used to transport goods from Oman to Yemen, not from "Amman, Jordan to Yemen".

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