UAE says national service recruit has died during training

Mohammed Khalid Khalifa Al Raisi suffered heart attack, says UAE General Command of the Armed Forces
UAE says national service recruit has died during training
Emirati armed forces take part in a military show. (AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 14 Sep 2014 03:26 PM

The UAE announced on Sunday that an Emirati national service recruit had died during training at the Armed Forces Residences.

The UAE General Command of the Armed Forces said the recruit suffered a heart attack on Saturday night.

A statement published by official news agency WAM said that Mohammed Khalid Khalifa Al Raisi was rushed to hospital by air ambulance after suffering cardiac arrest, but died on his way to hospital shortly before midnight on Saturday.

Representatives from the Armed Forces expressed their sincere condolences and sympathy over the death.

In June, the president of the UAE issued a law implementing compulsory military service for Emirati men, a move highlighting the Gulf state's concern over turmoil in the region.

The UAE had first said in January that it would introduce the law which applies to all males between the ages of 18 and 30 and in good medical health.

Men who have a high school degree or its equivalent will serve nine months, while those who do not have a high school diploma will serve for two years.

Participation for women, who can only serve for nine months, is optional and will require the approval of their legal guardians.

Military service includes training periods, military exercises and lectures on patriotism and security.

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