UAE soldier killed in Yemen

The UAE entered the Yemen civil war as part of a coalition led by Saudi Arabia in 2015

UAE soldier killed in Saudi accident

The UAE has announced the death of one of its soldiers in Yemen.

The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces announced the death of sergeant Khalifa Hashel Al Mesmari on Sunday, according to state news agency WAM.

He died “while carrying out his duties within the operations of the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, to back the legitimate government in Yemen”, the news agency said.

“The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces offered its condolences to the family of the martyr, praying to Almighty Allah to rest his soul in eternal peace and bestow solace on his family.”

The UAE entered the Yemen civil war as part of a coalition led by Saudi Arabia in 2015 to back President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. More than 10,000 people have died in the conflict to date.

Also on Sunday the UAE military said its Patriot missile defence system intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Iran-backed Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Mocha.

Arab coalition fighters destroyed the launch pad near Hodeidah Airport.

The interception came amid advancements by the Yemeni National Army in the territory, it said.

Saudi Arabia, the US and other Western allies accuse Iran of providing the Houthis with missile components.

Britain drafted and submitted a resolution to the UN Security Council on Friday to renew sanctions on Yemen for another year and impose targeted sanctions for “any activity related to the use of ballistic missiles in Yemen”.

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