Emirati soldier killed in action in southern Saudi Arabia

The body of corporal Saeed Matar al-Kaabi was repatriated on Friday, says military
Emirati soldier killed in action in southern Saudi Arabia
By AFP
Fri 27 Oct 2017 08:13 PM

An Emirati soldier has been killed in southern Saudi Arabia while taking part in the Saudi-led campaign against Yemen's Huthi rebels, the United Arab Emirates military said.

The body of corporal Saeed Matar al-Kaabi was repatriated on Friday, the official WAM news agency reported.

The military said Kaabi was killed while "performing his national duty" in Najran province bordering Yemen, without elaborating.

Some 100 Emiratis have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led intervention there began in March 2015.

A ballistic missile fired from Yemen early Friday wounded an expatriate worker when it hit a compound for foreign labourers in Najran, the spokesman for the coalition forces said in a statement cited by the official SPA news agency.

Turky al-Maleki, who called the attack a violation of international law, said the blast triggered a fire and caused material damage.

The UAE has been playing a key role in the Saudi-led campaign in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's government after Iran-backed Huthi rebels forced him into exile.

More than 8,600 people have been killed since the coalition joined the Yemen war in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.

In August, Emirati-trained Yemeni special forces launched a US-backed operation against Al-Qaeda militants who have exploited the war to expand their presence in southern Yemen.

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