First Published: 2017-02-17

Two UAE soldiers dead in Yemen
Emirati soldier dies while taking part in Saudi-led military operation in Yemen, another dies of heart attack.
Middle East Online

The UAE is a key member of a Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the Yemeni rebels since March 2015

ABU DHABI - A soldier from the United Arab Emirates died while taking part in a Saudi-led military operation in Yemen, state news agency WAM reported on Friday, without clarifying the circumstances of his death.

A second Emirati soldier in Yemen died of a heart attack, the report said.

The UAE is a key member of a Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the Yemeni rebels since March 2015.

The coalition succeeded in pushing the rebels out of southern cities, where Hadi's government has set up base, but the rebels remain in control of most of the central and northern highlands as well as the Red Sea coast.

It was the first time in the UAE's history that it had deployed ground troops beyond its borders.

In March 2016, UAE special forces also played a major role in driving Al-Qaeda out of the southeastern provincial capital of Mukalla, which it had held for a year.

The jihadists had taken advantage of the conflict between Hadi loyalists and the rebels to seize several cities in the south and southeast.

The intervention cost the lives of UAE air crews as well as ground troops.

 

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