UAE soldier killed ahead of Yemen deployment

In this photo made available by the Emirates News Agency, WAM, a convoy of UAE military vehicles and personnel travels from Al Hamra Military Base to Zayed Military City, marking the return of the first batch of UAE Armed Forces military personnel from Yemen, UAE, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. (AP)

The United Arab Emirates says one of its soldiers has been killed in an accident as he was preparing to join Saudi-led military operations in Yemen.

The federation's armed forces announced the death of Obaid Salem Saeed al-Badwawi on Sunday carried by state news agency WAM. It says he was killed in a military vehicle accident in Saudi Arabia, without elaborating.

The Emirates is a major backer of the Saudi-led coalition fighting on behalf of Yemen's internationally recognized government against Houthi militias that control the capital Sanaa and other parts of the country.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46