The UAE has announced that four of its servicemen were killed while performing their duties as part of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in Yemen.
The news was revealed by the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the UAE Armed Forces, official news agency WAM reported.
Those killed include sub-lieutenant Khalifa Saif Saeed Al Khatri; first warrant officer Ali Mohammed Rashid Al Hassani; sergeant Khamis Abdullah Khamis Al Zeyoudi; and first corporal Obaid Hamdan Saeed Al Abdouli.
The GHQ of the UAE Armed Forces extended its condolences to their families.
The news came even as the Saudi-led Coalition launched its biggest-ever assault in Yemen, in the country’s port city of Hodeidah.
Arab warplanes and warships targetted Houthi fortifications to support ground operations by foreign and Yemeni troops in operation “Golden Victory”.
UAE forces and local allies had penetrated the Houthis’ front line on the airport perimeter, WAM reported.
Saudi and the UAE have also announced a five-point aid plan for the Hodeidah port and surrounding areas, including the establishment of a shipping lane to Hodeidah from Abu Dhabi, and Jizan, a city in southern Saudi Arabia.