Source reveals why 27 foreign tourists were prevented from entering Socotra archipelago

Source reveals why 27 foreign tourists were prevented from entering Socotra archipelago

An official source in the province of the Socotra archipelago, south-east Yemen, revealed the reasons why 27 foreign tourists at Cairo International Airport, on Wednesday evening, were prevented from traveling to the Socotra archipelago province.

The source told "Al-Masdar Online" that the ban came after a telegram by the Coalition Operations Center in Riyadh to the Yemeni Air office to prevent any foreigner from traveling to the archipelago, likely the UAE is behind the telegram.

He said he had been contacted by Yemen Airways' Cairo office, but refused to give a copy of the telegram to Socotra's authorities.

He added that the coalition informed airport security in Cairo not to fly a Yemeni plane with 27 European tourists on board, despite receiving a visa from the competent Yemeni authorities, where three experts work in the field of documenting Socotra heritage at the Bureau of Antiquities of the Archipelago.

On Thursday, the governor held a meeting with local tourism authorities to discuss the issue, where he promised to reach out to the prime minister and the authorities, he said.

The 27 foreigners are still in Cairo awaiting the news of their permission, he said, hoping they will be able to travel to Socotra next Wednesday or get an additional flight sooner.

Earlier this month, Socotra Governor Ramzi Mahrous issued a decree banning foreigners from entering the country after obtaining a visa from official authorities, and airport security arrested two foreigners who tried to enter the island via Emirates illegally.

For years, UAE officers and citizens have been moving to and from Socotra without complying with the entry laws of foreigners, and they bring mercenaries of other nationalities under the pretext of investing and working for the Khalifa Humanitarian Foundation of the UAE according to accusations from local authority sources in the archipelago.


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