Saudis establish military base in Yemen nature reserve

Saudi Arabian forces in Yemen have taken steps to establish a military base in the country's Hawf Protected Area, an important nature reserve located in the eastern province of Al-Mahrah, which is contiguous with neighbouring Oman's Jebel Samhan Nature Reserve. Citing tribal sources, the Yemen News Portal reported yesterday that the Saudis have already started to set up the barracks in what is vital grazing territory for the province's semi-nomadic tribal community. It is believed that the militarisation of the reserve will sever an important income source for the Mahri community, which is mostly dependent on the grazing of its livestock. According to the Yemen Press Agency, the Saudi move comes amid reports of pressure on exiled Yemeni President Abdrabbuh … Continue reading Saudis establish military base in Yemen nature reserve