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Four UAE Servicemen Killed in Helicopter Crash in Yemen - Military

Sputnik News

13:27 12.08.2017(updated 13:33 12.08.2017)

A total of four UAE servicemen of the Saudi-led Arab coalition were killed as a result of the Friday helicopter crash in Yemen, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) military said Saturday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to UAE military as quoted by the state news agency WAM, the soldiers died in a crash during a routine mission in Yemen.

Initial reports on Friday suggested that a helicopter made an emergency landing in Yemen over a technical malfunction, while crew members sustained minor injuries.

Yemen has been in the grip of a civil war since 2014, which has affected the country's infrastructure, economic and social systems, as well as national health care. The war is waged between the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi movement backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. In March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries launched airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request.


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