Yemeni government forces took back control Saturday of a military camp in the strategic Socotra island that was previously seized by UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) separatists, according to local sources.

STC forces escaped before the government operation, said reports.

The STC seized the military camp Feb. 18 after Hussain Shaif, commander of special forces, refused a dismissal decision of the Interior Ministry.

Saif then placed his and STC’s forces around the camp.

– UAE backed rebellions in Socotra

The Yemeni government blames UAE-backed separatist movements of rebelling against the government in Socotra province, which is formed by

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