UAE soldier killed in southern Saudi: Military

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An Emirati soldier has been killed in southern Saudi Arabia while taking part in the Saudi-led campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, the United Arab Emirates military said.

The body of corporal Saeed Matar al-Kaabi was repatriated on Friday, the official WAM news agency reported.

The military said Kaabi was killed while “performing his national duty” in Najran province bordering Yemen, without elaborating.

A ballistic missile fired from Yemen early Friday wounded an expatriate worker when it hit a compound for foreign labourers in Najran, the spokesman for the coalition forces said in a statement cited by the official SPA news agency.

Turky al-Maleki said the violation triggered a fire and caused material damage.

The UAE has been playing a key role in the Saudi-led campaign in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s government after Iran-backed Houthi rebels forced him into exile.

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