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UAE says 45 of its soldiers killed in Yemen

The soldiers died after an accidental explosion in at an ammunition store. No further details are yet present

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At least 45 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates have been killed in an accidental explosion during operations in Yemen, UAE state-run agency WAM reported on Friday.

The soldiers died after an accidental explosion at an ammunition store. No further details were available.

Saudi Arabia and a coalition of other Arab states have been fighting since March to restore Yemen’s exiled government and to repel the Iran-allied Shiite Houthi militias, who took control of the capital Sanaa in September.

At least five other Emirati soldiers have been killed in Yemen since the offensive began, according to Reuters.