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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

UAE works to eliminate security threats in Yemen - in pictures

Training local police and funding a mine clearance training centre among the initiatives

When Yemen's Houthi rebels took over the capital Sanaa in 2015, the Iran-backed fighters ushered in a period of instability for the Arab world's poorest country. Emboldened and armed by Tehran, the Houthi movement pushed to take control of the entire country, leading newly appointed president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi to flee abroad. The Arab Coalition seeks to restore Yemen's legitimate government and return the country to stability.

"We will not allow a strategic transformation to happen in the region in Iran’s interest, through the Houthi militias controlling Yemen," UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash said earlier this week.

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The UAE continues to work on the ground with Yemenis to help eliminate the Houthi threat.

In pictures taken this month in the southeastern city of Mukalla, UAE-trained cadets of the Yemeni police can be seen marching at their graduation, the first such ceremony since the port city was retaken. The police force has also been provided with a fleet of vehicles by the UAE.

Landmines remains a significant obstacle to the country's future. Specialists estimated earlier this month that they have destroyed tens of thousands of rebel landmines. Such clearance operations continue daily. These photographs show instruction being given at a mine clearance training facility funded by the UAE armed forces.

Military and security support continues to be backed by humanitarian aid delivered to hospitals and by reconstruction efforts in Aden and elsewhere. Mr Hadi announced eight new infrastructure projects in the southern city earlier this month.