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UAE helicopter crashes in SE Yemen, crew injured

12 Août 2017

The UAE Armed Forces announced that "four courageous soldiers have been martyred" in Yemen on Friday.

State media in the United Arab Emirates say four UAE soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash in Yemen.

The soldiers - line officer Ahmed Khalifa Al Balooshi, Lieutenant Captain Jassem Saleh Al Zaabi, Warrant Officer Mohammed Saeed Al Hassani, and Warrant Officer Samir Mohammed Murad Abu Bakr - were killed in a helicopter crash during "a regular mission" in Shabwa province in Yemen while taking part in a Saudi-led campaign targeting Shiite rebels there.

The helicopter was participating in the ongoing anti-terror military operations against the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch in the province, the source said.

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The pilot made an emergency landing in a government-held area, "resulting in minor injuries to the crew".

The US considers that al-Qaida faction one of the most unsafe threats to the West.

The UAE is a key component of the Saudi-led coalition which intervened in Yemen in 2015, when President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fled into exile as the rebels threatened to overrun his last stronghold.

UAE helicopter crashes in SE Yemen, crew injured