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Story of resilient Saudi father who lost leg in Gulf war, son in Yemen war

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The Saudi father stood on his remaining leg while admiring the protrait soldier son who was recently killed in action.

He recalls his own sacrifice, when, as a soldier during the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait: “I gave my soul to the homeland and now my son has given his own defending religion and the homeland in Jazan.”

Hadi Hassan Assiri remembers the day he lost his leg like it was yesterday - even though 26 years have passed since the war to liberate Kuwait took place.

“We entered Kuwait and I was a paratrooper in the Thunderbolt Brigade. We were the first to enter after the liberation of Kuwait,” Hassan Assiri told Al Arabiya.

“We went to the Saudi embassy to raise the Saudi flag with five other colleagues. In the inner courtyard of the embassy there was an empty area of land full of mines planted by the enemy. One of the mines exploded killing my colleagues, I suffered an injury that led to the amputation of my right foot,” he recalled.

“I had to retire because of my disability. But 26 years later my son enlisted in the ranks of the Saudi army to be among the defenders of this country, its people and their sanctities,” he said.

On the death of his son, Assiri said: “My son sacrificed himself in the battlefield of Jazan during Ramadan last year. I am so proud of him and I pray that God protects this country of all turmoil”.