Qatar announces its first fatality in Yemen war

Qatar says one of its soldiers fighting Houthis in Yemen has been killed

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Qatar says one of its soldiers fighting with a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen against the Houthi militants there has been killed - Qatar's first reported casualty in the conflict.

Foreign Minister Khalid Bin Mohammed al-Attiyah announced the death Wednesday on Twitter, without identifying the soldier or saying how or when he was killed.

The state-run Qatar News Agency also reported on the death.

Yemen's fighting pits Shiite rebels known as Houthis and allied army units against forces loyal to the internationally recognized government, as well as southern separatists and militants.

The Saudi-led force joined the fighting in March, backing the internationally recognized government. Its partners have suffered casualties, such as in a September missile attack that killed 52 Emirati troops, 10 soldiers from Saudi Arabia and five from Bahrain.

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