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UAE soldier’s body returned home

UAE soldier’s body returned home

The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces confirmed Sergeant Khalifa Hashel Al Mesmari’s death on Sunday

The body of a UAE soldier killed in Yemen has been returned home, state news agency WAM reported on Monday.

The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces confirmed Sergeant Khalifa Hashel Al Mesmari’s death on Sunday.

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”, according to a statement.

The soldier’s body arrived via a UAE army plane at Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

A special military ceremony and senior armed forces officers greeted it.

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 against Iranian-backed Houthi forces. More than 10,000 people have died in the conflict to date.

On Sunday the UAE military said its Patriot missile defence system intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Mocha. Arab coalition fighters destroyed the launch pad near Hodeidah Airport.

The coalition also launched air raids Houthi strongholds between Hays and Al Jarrahi in the south of Hodeidah Governorate on Yemen’s Red Sea Coast as battles continued between the Yemeni National Army and Yemeni Resistance and the Houthis,

“The raids led to many losses of lives and equipment among the militias, as the legitimate forces blocked their attempts to infiltrate liberated areas,” according to WAM.

Coalition forces attacked militias gathering in Al Hamely, Mawza District, and east of Khalid bin Al Walid camp, destroying military equipment and weapons, A Yemeni Resistance source was quoted as saying.

Coalition forces are still clearing pockets of Houthi militias in areas between Eastern Mocha and Hays District,

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