Four UAE soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash

Four UAE soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash
An Emirati gunner watches for enemy fire from the rear gate of a United Arab Emirates Chinook military helicopter flying over Yemen. (File photo via AP)
Updated 12 August 2017

Four UAE soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash

Four UAE soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash

ABU DHABI: Four soldiers from the United Arab Emirates were killed when their helicopter crashed during a mission in Yemen, the UAE military confirmed on Saturday.
The four soldiers died when the helicopter crashed in the southern province of Shabwa following a technical problem, the UAE military said in statement carried by the country’s official WAM news agency.
Earlier this month, UAE-trained Yemeni special forces backed by the United States launched a major operation against Al-Qaeda in Shabwa, driving it out of most of the province.
Houthis are thought to have moved farther south into neighboring Abyan province.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, seen by the US as the network’s most dangerous branch, has exploited years of conflict between the government and Houthis to expand its presence in Yemen, particularly in southern provinces.
The UAE is a key component of the coalition which intervened in Yemen in 2015, when President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fled into exile as the Houthis threatened to overrun his last stronghold.
Scores of its soldiers have been killed.