RIYADH: The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said one of its helicopters crashed in eastern Yemen on Tuesday, killing 12 Saudi officers in one of the deadliest incidents for the Kingdom’s troops since the war began more than two years ago.
The Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Yemen’s eastern province of Marib, the coalition said, adding that it is investigating the circumstances.
The incident happened as US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in Riyadh, to discuss the Yemen war with Saudi leaders.
The names of the soldiers who lost their lives are: Lt. Col. Abdulrahman bin Saeed Al-Shehri, Lt. Col. Faisal Sauda Al-Subaie, Capt. Turki bin Ibrahim Al-Huwairini, 1st Lt. Rayan bin Abdulrahman Al-Shahrani, Master Sgt. Ali bin Yahya Al-Sheikhi, Cpl. Moeedh Mohammed Al-Qahtani, Cpl. Mahal bin Salem Al-Rashidi, Pvt. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Saeiri, Sgt. Ali Abdullah Al-Halafi, Technical Sgt. Musa Salem Al-Shihri, Master Sgt. Nayef Hassan Moawad, Pvt. 1st Class Mohammed Ahmed Aqeeli.