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Perim

(pārēm`, pēr`ĭm), Arab. Barim, island, c.5 sq mi (13 sq km), off the SW Arabian peninsula in the Bab el Mandeb strait; it is part of Yemen. A rocky and barren island rising to c.215 ft (65 m), it is strategically located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. Perim was occupied by France in the 18th cent., and then briefly by Britain (1799). It was reoccupied (1857) by the British and later connected administratively with Aden. Perim flourished (1883–1936) as a coaling station but declined when oil became more widely used by ships. In 1967, Perim's small population voted to become part of South Yemen (since merged with Yemen).

Perim

 

a volcanic island in the Straits of Bab el Mandeb. A possession of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, Perim is 13 sq km in area, with elevations to 65 m. It has a harbor in the crater of an underwater volcano. Fishing is important.

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During the past few years, the UAE has established military bases on Socotra and Perim Island in Yemen, the Somaliland and Puntland regions in Somalia and the port city of Assab, Eritrea.
For this reason, the UAE administration decided to build military bases on Perim Island in the Bab al-Mandab Strait and on Socotra Island, which is located at the eastern entrance of the Gulf of Aden.
For this reason, Perim Island had been subject to political disagreement throughout history.
Because of its involvement in Yemeni politics, the UAE wanted to establish a military base on Perim Island. The Emirati leadership initiated the establishment of this military base at the beginning of 2017.
The UAE's main objective in establishing a military base on Perim Island is to ensure the safety of the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which is a vital passage for commercial activities through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
The UAE's construction of a military base on Perim Island is of great importance in terms of the strategic capacity superiority that these actors are trying to establish in the region.
In a statement made by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Perim Island military base was built in the context of an agreement signed between the UAE, Egypt and the United States, indicating that the base was a source of concern and it would adversely affect international trade.
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Tehran's Yemeni proxies moreover landed large-scale military strength on Perim Island in the mouth of the Bab al-Mandeb strait, the chokepoint for ingress and egress from the Red Sea.
Backed by the well-trained and heavily armed Gulf Arab forces including those of the UAE, government forces made a breakthrough on October 1 when they swiftly took control of the strategic Bab Al Mandab Strait and the remote Perim island. "Today's victory would create a security fence that would protect Bab Al Mandab from Al Houthi incursions." the official adds.
Furthermore, the coalition forces attacked Houthi units and elements moving from Yemeni territory towards Perim Island (also known as Mayyun Island) in the Strait of Bab Al-Mandab at the south entrance into the Red Sea, he said.