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Haevy Loss: Saudi Special Forces Commander, UAE Colonels Killed in Yemeni Forces’ Attacks

14 December 2015 13:51



The United Arab Emirates (UAE) acknowledged on Monday that two of its army colonels have been killed in Yemeni forces’ attacks on the Saudi-led coalition’s military positions.

Colonel Sultan Mohammed bin Havidan al-Kotobi was among over 150 Saudi-led troops killed in the Yemeni forces’ attack on the coalition’s military positions in the Southwestern Yemen, the Arabic-language al-Masira news channel quoted UAE army sources as saying.

The UAE armed forces also acknowledged that another army high-ranking officer named Colonel Sultan Mohamed Ali al-Kotobi was killed in the province of Ta’iz in Yemen on Sunday.

Meantime, Saudi army’s Colonel Abdullah al-Sahyan was killed in Yemeni missile attack near Al-Amri military base in Bab al-Mandeb region.

Al-Sahyan succumbed to his injuries before a Saudi-led coalition helicopter could transfer him to a nearby hospital.

On October 23, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) acknowledged that its army has sustained more casualties in Yemen.

An Emirati soldier named Hamoud Saleh al-Ameri succumbed to the injuries he received last September in Yemen’s Ma’rib province, the UAE army announced.

Al-Ameri was undergoing treatment in Germany.

Also in early October, an official Emirati report said that the fatalities of the UAE military men killed in clashes with the Yemeni forces had risen to 70.

“Most of the fatalities are related to the Yemeni missile strikes on an arms depot in the Central parts of Ma’rib province on September 4 that left 54 Emirati soldiers killed,” the UAE Center for Studies and Information Dissemination said.

The UAE government, however, declined to announce the exact number of the Emirati soldiers injured in Yemen.

On September 4, the security sources revealed that the Yemeni forces killed a sum of 300 foreign troops, including 54 UAE soldiers, in their attack on al-Safer military base in Eastern Yemen.

The death toll of the UAE, Saudi and Bahraini officers and soldiers killed in September 4’s arms depot blast at a military base in al-Safer in Ma’rib province stood at 300, Yemeni security sources said.

The revolutionary forces in Yemen said they fired a rocket at a weapons cache in a camp used by “the Saudi-led aggressors” in Ma’rib area.

The Yemeni sources noted that high death toll of the foreign troops was the result of the ballistic missiles blast caused by Yemeni missile attack.

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