Who will have the upper hand on the shores of Sabiha…?| Written by Nayel Arif Al-Emadi

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Before beginning the fierce conflict between the influential forces in the south, we would like to recall a brief overview of the Subaihi coast and the tribes of the Subaihi coast, which extends from Ras Amran on the eastern side to the Bab al-Mandab Strait on the west side, with a length of more than two hundred square kilometers, overlooking the confluence of the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Mediterranean Sea. Al-Ahmar and Bab al-Mandab Canal

The strategic region that passes through more than 20% of the world’s oil and gas needs, and there are some strategic islands near the coast of Sabiha in the Red Sea.

• The most famous tribe of the coast Subaihi>

•_ The Brahmin tribe, which is found in the eastern part of the coast of Sabiha, specifically in Wadi Al-Jihar and Wadi Markha.

It lives by hunting and raising cattle, and extends to Khor Al Amira.


•_The Al-Jubaihi tribe, to which former Minister of Defense Mahmoud Al-Subaihi belongs, has a presence in the Al-Sadaf and Azafa regions, and its main stronghold is in the Al-Adidiya area.


•_The Al-Fattahi tribe, which is one of the largest tribes on the Sabiha coast and is centered in Ras al-Ara and extends to Bab al-Mandab. The tribes of the Sabiha coast are famous for their generosity, generosity and chivalry . They are peaceful and reject violence, despite the strength of their bravery and the great number of their men.

•_The content of the conflict>

The struggle for influence on the coasts of Sabiha began after the dismantling of the Yemeni state, where smuggling gangs, organized crime and human traffickers were active. The coasts of Sabiha were the crossing point to the African coasts, where international mafia gangs were active. While this conflict intensified, the United Arab Emirates tried to strengthen its presence on the Yemeni islands above the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden and the Bab al-Mandab Strait, in addition to its presence in the African islands on the opposite side. It also supported the establishment of forces affiliated to it on the so-called West Coast, led by Brigadier General Tariq Saleh. The United Arab Emirates also supported the establishment and formation of forces affiliated to the Southern Transitional Council on the eastern side of the Sabiha coasts, with the purpose of these forces is to protect the smuggling gang and human traffickers and implement the Emirati agenda in the region, which destabilizes the Yemeni coasts. There is still a presence of Emirati forces on the Yemeni islands in the Red Sea, and with the increasing influx of migrants.

From the Horn of Africa towards Saudi Arabia, and the increase in brutal killings and torture carried out by the Saudi border guard forces, Saudi Arabia was forced to implement a security campaign on the shores of Sabiha, led by Sheikh Hamdi Shukri, commander of the First. Division of Giants. The camps of smugglers were eliminated and their activity on the coasts of Sabiha was limited. Months after the security campaign, the conflict returned

On the coast of Sabiha, but this time it is a purely economic conflict between the tools of the Arab coalition, represented by legitimacy. Its armed wing is called “Dara’ al-Watan”, which is led by Sheikh Bashir al-Mudharibi. Forces affiliated with “Dara’ al-Watan” were deployed in the “Al-Hajjaf” region and the Al-Udaydah region for the west. It also has a presence in the Al-Sanamah mountain in the Al-Jihar region to the west, which are open areas on the coast.

There are trials and temptations offered to the nomads in Jebel Kharaz to establish a huge military base attached to the National Shield, but there are objections from supporters of the United Arab Emirates. It is worth noting that Jebel Kharaz is the largest of the mountains in Sabiha. , and whoever controls it, can control the Bab al-Mandab strait and global shipping traffic, and this is the secret of the ongoing conflict. Between the tools of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Informed press reports indicated that the newly formed “Homeland Shield Forces” are affiliated with Saudi Arabia and its man in the region, “Rashad Al-Alimi”, head of the Presidential Council, and have influence on the coasts of Hadramaut, Al – Mahra , Shabwa and Abyan, in addition to their presence on the coasts of Al-Sabiha. These press reports indicate that the purpose of establishing these forces is to protect Saudi interests in the most sensitive areas in the Republic of Yemen and to control global trade routes in a way that serves the economic interests of Saudi Arabia, which the United Arab Emirates saw as dwarfing its pivotal role in those areas, which prompted it to restore support and military presence to the forces of the Transitional Council and strengthen its military role. On the Yemeni coasts. in general, and a few months ago, the conflict raged between the Subaiha tribes, supported by Saudi Arabia, and the forces of Tariq Saleh, supported by the United Arab Emirates, at the Bab al-Mandab Strait after the expansion of the forces of Tariq Saleh, who provoked the Subaiha tribes and caused a huge tribal mobilization, and these developments were then stopped.

In conclusion, there is a fierce conflict on all the Yemeni coasts from Al-Mahra to Al-Mandab between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and this conflict began to emerge with the approaching peace agreement announced between the warring Yemeni parties, and the balance of the conflict is tilted in favor of the United Arab Emirates on the Yemeni islands, and local reports indicated the presence of the Emirati military forces on some Yemeni islands overlooking the Red Sea. For its part, Saudi Arabia wants to strengthen its military presence on the Yemeni coast after losing from the battle of the islands to the Emirates. Who will have the upper hand…

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