Political Analysis

UAE Loses Another Solider In War-Torn Yemen

Written by Fakhri Al-Arashi

Military officials in the UAE have confirmed the death of another UAE soldier in war-torn Yemen.

Th Emirati soldier died on Sunday in a major offensive in Marib province involving 12,000 troops from more than a dozen Arab and Muslim countries.

“The UAE Armed Forces have launched a successful ground offense on the Houthi rebel militias and made advance on the ground in Marib as part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen,” a WAM news agency statement said Monday.

“The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces announced that an Emirati servicemen was martyred during the operations,” the statement said.

The death of the UAE soldier on Sunday takes the death toll in the conflict in Yemen to 53 in little more than a week.

Fifty two Emirati soldiers were martyred in a rebel attack on an arms depot last Friday, in an operation which also killed ten Saudi soldiers and five Bahraini troops.

The original number of UAE soldiers was put at 45, however the death toll was marked up to 52 on Saturday when the bodies of seven other soldiers retrieved form the arms depot were identified as being from the UAE.

Three other UAE soldiers were killed in the conflict in early August. Separately on Sunday five Saudi Arabian soldiers were killed in a skirmish on the kingdom’s Jazan border with Yemen.