Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

UAE troop drawdown in Yemen was agreed with Saudi Arabia

UAE troop drawdown in Yemen was agreed with Saudi Arabia

A court run by Yemen's Huthi rebels on Tuesday sentenced 30 academics, trade unionists and preachers to death for allegedly spying for the Saudi-led coalition, a judicial source said.

Yemen's conflict began with the 2014 takeover over of northern and central Yemen by the Houthi rebels, driving out the internationally-recognised government from the capital, Sanaa. The official declined to disclose how many soldiers have left Yemen and how many remain. "This is part of the process and naturally a process within the coalition that's been discussed extensively with our partners, the Saudis", he said.

Gamal Gasim, a political science professor at Grand Valley State University in MI, told Al Jazeera the UAE's redeployment was contrary to Saudi Arabia's strategy of crushing the Iran-aligned rebels.

Houthi Shiite mourners chant slogans as they attend the funeral of Saleh al-Samad, a senior Houthi official who was killed by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike, April 28, 2018, in Sanaa, Yemen.

In March 2018, rights group Amnesty International accused Western countries of supplying arms to Riyadh and its allies, who could stand guilty of war crimes in Yemen.

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Al-Humaidi said his rights group has documented "serious violations" during the trial of the defendants.

Concerns spiked in the UAE after four oil tankers were hit off its coast of Fujairah in May in an attack that the US has blamed on Iran.

The official confirmed that UAE troop levels are down, describing it as a "strategic redeployment".

"We're very, very protected when it comes to drones".

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