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US to build naval base in southern Yemen: Report

baseYemen’s Houthi community says the US army is planning to set up a naval base in a strategic area in the country’s southern Lahij Province.

According to the recent report by Ansar Allah website, the naval base, which is to be established in Khor al-Umaira in southern Yemen near strategic Bab-el Mandeb, will include a floating dock, a training center and shooting ranges.

US army corps of engineers have said the construction of the naval base can be completed in some 730 days and will cost the government around USD five million.

In June 2013, the al-Sharea daily reported that the US had deployed 1,500 marines with advanced arms and military equipment to the al-Anad military base in Lahij.

The daily quoted a Yemeni official as saying that the American forces usually enter the country in small groups, but the recent large deployment could be in preparation for a possible imminent incident in the region.

The new report comes as the United States has come under fire for its deadly drone attacks in Yemen.

Washington has stepped up its drone operations in the Muslim country over the past few years, killing many civilians.

The US claims that its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned airstrikes.

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