Newly recruited Houthi fighters chant slogans as they ride a military vehicle in Sanaa on 3 January 2017

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The naval base will probably be used to battle Houthi fighters in Yemen

MPs within the self-declared republic of Somaliland have agreed to permit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to arrange a navy base within the port of Berbera.

Observers say the deal has proved controversial amongst Somaliland’s neighbours within the Horn of Africa.

The UAE already has a navy facility at Eritrea’s Assab port to be used in a marketing campaign towards Yemeni rebels.

It’s a part of a coalition that has fought Houthi rebels and imposed a naval blockade on Yemen since 2015.

Greater than 10,000 individuals have been killed and 40,000 wounded since then, in response to the UN.

Somaliland’s President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo instructed MPs the navy base would assist create jobs, the Related Press company stories.

Throughout the parliamentary vote, 144 legislators supported the navy base, two voted towards, two abstained – and 9 others who opposed the plan and shouted within the chamber have been escorted out by troopers.

Final yr, Somaliland, which declared itself unbiased from the remainder of Somalia in 1991, signed a $442m (£353m) deal for a Dubai-based agency to improve the port of Berbera, which primarily exports livestock to the Center East.

Yemen, throughout the Gulf of Aden from Somaliland, spiralled into civil conflict in 2014 when Houthi rebels overran the capital.

The Saudi-led coalition has since deployed warships within the Pink Sea and Gulf of Aden.

It says the naval operation is to cease the Houthis receiving weapons from Iran, which backs the rebels however denies offering navy assist.