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UAE mourns 45 martyrs sacrificed lives in Yemen

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(Abu Dhabi-AlummahWorld, Dhu-AlQa'dah 21, 1436, September 05, 2015) Forty-five UAE soldiers were killed while fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen on Friday, marking the highest death toll on the battlefield in the country's history. The UAE Armed Forces announced the death of the soldiers on state news agency WAM.


"The General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces on Friday mourned 22 of its personnel who died while performing their national duty as part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition in the operation 'Restoring Hope' in Yemen," the report said.


A later report said 23 more soldiers succumbed to their injuries. According to the National Yemen newspaper, among those killed were Ali Hassan Al Shehi, former Emirates Club player and Lieutenant Al Yammahi, who was awarded the sword of honour in the 38th batch of graduates at Zayed Military School.


Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, tweeted that a surface-to-surface missile exploded in the ammunition depot targeting the soldiers.


His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said the whole country is living a new spirit with the sacrifices of the soldiers "who we hold deep in our hearts with pride for their glorious deed".


''A dear galaxy of our sons sacrificed their souls on this great today, decorating their nation, and families with medals of pride and glory. The duty of these martyrs will remain a shining example in the history of our nation,'' Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said on his Twitter account.


''Sacrifices of our heroes make us feel more proud about the UAE's historic stance with it sister Saudi Arabia in driving back the aggression off Yemen and the region,'' He tweeted, stressing that the UAE is breathing new life with the sacrifices of its martyrs, who the nation holds in its heart with pride and dignity for their heroism and dedication.


Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed that they fired a rocket at a weapons cache in a camp used by Gulf coalition forces in the central Marib area, killing dozens of Emirati and Yemeni soldiers and destroying a number of Apache helicopters and armed vehicles, Reuters reported.


Bodies of Emirati soldiers, who fell in the line of duty during 'Operation Restore Hope', under the Saudi Arabia-led Arab alliance to support the people of Yemen and their legitimate government, were brought home, onboard a military plane of the UAE Air Force and Air Defence.

 

The UAE has designated November 30 as Martyr's Day to pay tributes to the heroes who lost their lives while performing their national duty within and outside the country. Shaikh Khalifa on August 19 ordered Martyr's Day be a national holiday.