UAE soldier killed in anti-Houthi operation in Yemen
Yemenis search under the rubble of damaged houses following reported Saudi-led coalition air strikes on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on February 1, 2017. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
A United Arab Emirates (UAE) soldier was killed Saturday in war-torn Yemen as part of a Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi rebels, the country’s army command said.
The Armed Forces Command said the soldier died during operation “Restore Hope” with the Saudi-led Arab coalition defending the government in Yemen, the official WAM news agency reported.
It, however, did not disclose the cause of the soldier's death.
The UAE is a member of the Saudi-led coalition that launched a massive air campaign in 2015 against Houthi rebels, who overrun the capital Sanaa and other provinces one year earlier.
Two rounds of UN-backed peace talks have failed to resolve the conflict in which thousands of Yemenis are believed to have been killed and an estimated three million forced to flee their homes.