UAE says military officer killed in action in Yemen

UAE General Command of the Armed Forces names officer as Lieutenant Abdul Aziz Sarhan Saleh Al Ka'abi
UAE says military officer killed in action in Yemen
By Staff writer
Thu 16 Jul 2015 03:12 PM

The UAE said on Thursday that one of its armed forces officers has been killed in action in Yemen.

The UAE General Command of the Armed Forces named the officer as Lieutenant Abdul Aziz Sarhan Saleh Al Ka'abi but no other details were given surrounding his death.

UAE news agency WAM reported that Al Ka'abi was killed while "performing his national duty with the participating forces of the Operation Restoring Hope Coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, to support the legitimate government in Yemen".

Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes killed at least 176 fighters and civilians in Yemen on Monday, residents and media run by the Houthi movement said, the highest daily toll since the Arab air offensive began more than three months ago.

The United Nations has been pushing for a halt to air raids and intensified fighting that began on March 26. More than 3,000 people have been killed since then as the Arab coalition tries stop the Houthis spreading across the country from the north.

The Iran-allied Shi'ite Houthis say they are rebelling against a corrupt government, while local fighters say they are defending their homes from Houthi incursions. Sunni Saudi Arabia says it is bombing the Houthis to protect the Yemeni state.

As fighting has raged across Yemen's south, the conflict has taken on a sectarian tinge, pitting the Shi'ite Houthis against local Sunni fighters who in many places fight alongside hardline al Qaeda militants, who also revile the Houthis.

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