A soldier from the United Arab Emirates died while taking part in a Saudi-led military operation in Yemen, state news agency WAM reported today, without clarifying the circumstances of his death.
A second Emirati soldier in Yemen died of a heart attack, the report said.
The UAE is a member of a mostly Gulf Arab military coalition led by Saudi Arabia that is backing Yemen’s internationally recognised government in a nearly two-year war against the Iran-allied Houthi group.
In coordination with local Yemeni fighters, Emirati soldiers have played the main role this month in capturing the port town of Al-Mokha, part of a strategic push to deny Houthi forces access to Yemen’s Red Sea ports.
Yesterday, military sources loyal to Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi announced that they had taken control of new sites in the Taiz province.