Emirati Officer Killed in Yemen Operation

22.07.2015 Yemen
Emirati Officer Killed in Yemen Operation

Emirati Officer Killed in Yemen Operation

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An Emirati officer was killed while taking part in ‘Operation Restoring Hope’ aimed at restoring the legitimacy of Yemen's President, the country's news agency (WAM) reported Tuesday.

The Officer, who was named as Lieutenant Abdul Aziz Sarhan Saleh Al Kaabi, was killed while performing his duty, the agency said without giving further details.

The Saudi Arabian-led military coalition has been conducting airstrikes in Yemen since March, in what was known as Operation Decisive Storm.

Operation Decisive Storm ended in April and was replaced by Operation Restoring Hope, which was aimed at reviving political talks and achieve humanitarian goals such as repatriating foreign nationals and providing aid.

Meanwhile, local fighters and Army Forces in Yemen have wrested two military bases from Houthi forces, residents and officials said, building on a week of gains against the country’s dominant faction.

The advances come after Yemen’s government in exile declared the key southern city of Aden “liberated,” in their biggest victory yet in a Saudi-led air campaign and civil war that has raged almost four months and killed more than 3,500 people.

Saudi-backed Yemeni forces backed up by air strikes seized the Labuza Army Base in Lahj province north of the port city and the headquarters of the 117th armored division in eastern Shabwa province some 230km (145 miles) away.

Officials in the anti-Houthi forces say the offensive was planned for weeks and benefited from training and arms deliveries from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Photo: Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen

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