UAE soldier deaths in Yemen rise to 52

Published September 13th, 2015 - 09:46 GMT
A contingent force from the UAE stand at ease on the tarmac of Kuwait International Airport on Feb. 23, 2003. (AFP/File)
A contingent force from the UAE stand at ease on the tarmac of Kuwait International Airport on Feb. 23, 2003. (AFP/File)

The bodies of the UAE soldiers in Yemen finished arriving Friday as seven more were brought at the al-Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi, after their identification in Saudi Arabia.

The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces announced that a total of 52 UAE soldiers were killed last week in Yemen. It had earlier announced that 45 soldiers had died in Yemen and their bodies arrived early last week.

A special military ceremony was held while receiving the bodies at the airport where a number of senior Armed Forces officers attended the event.

Emirati soldiers were killed while performing their national duty as part of the armed forces’ involvement in the Saudi-led Arab coalition’s Operation Restoring Hope to back the exiled government of Yemen and drive out the al-Houthi rebels.

The incident took place at an arms depot at a military base in the eastern province of Marib in central Yemen, near the border with Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and a coalition of other Arab states have been fighting since March to restore to power the government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

This story has been edited from the source material.


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