22 UAE soldiers killed in Yemen

UAE said 22 Emiratis died during Yemen war while aiding Saudi-led coalition

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Smoke billows from the military academy during a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa September 2, 2015.

Twenty-two soldiers from the United Arab Emirates died in Yemen during the Saudi-led war against the Iranian backed Houthis that started last March, the UAE state news agency WAM said on Friday. WAM did not give details on how the soldiers died.

Houthis said that they fired a rocket at a Marib weapons cache camp, in which dozens of Emirati and Yemeni soldiers were stationed. The Houthi rockets allegedly destroyed a number of Apache helicopters and armed vehicles as well. Residents in Marib told Reuters that they saw fire raging at the camp and plumes of smoke.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has responded to Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi's request to “save Yemen” from Houthi aggression, after he and his government were forced into exile earlier this year.

People gather at the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa August 30, 2015

The UN has declared the situation in Yemen to be a level-three humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, after about 80 percent of the country’s population fell into dire need of humanitarian aid.

Twenty million people in the country are in need of aid, 13 million are facing food shortages and 9.4 million are having difficulties accessing drinking water.

A ship carrying enough UN aid to feed 180,000 people for a month docked at the Yemeni port of Aden last month, having previously being prevented from doing so for almost four weeks, World Food Programme spokesman Peter Smerdon said.

"It's the first WFP chartered ship to berth in the port since the conflict erupted in late March," Smerdon said. "We have additional ships chartered which are on standby heading towards Aden carrying more food and fuel."

TRTWorld and agencies