4 Emirati soldiers killed in Yemen: UAE

AFP , Wednesday 13 Jun 2018

Four Emirati soldiers have been killed in Yemen, the UAE armed forces said Wednesday as its troops lead an offensive to take a strategic port city from rebels.

The deaths were announced in a statement published by the Emirati state news agency WAM, without detailing the time or location the soldiers were killed.

The United Arab Emirates has been playing a key role in the Saudi-led military campaign to back President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's government after Houthi rebels forced him into exile.

On Wednesday they launched an offensive to retake the port city of Hodeida from the Iran-allied Shia rebels.

More than 100 Emirati soldiers have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led intervention there began in March 2015.

Overall, nearly 10,000 people have been killed since the alliance launched the intervention, contributing to what the UN has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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