Bodies of 4 soldiers killed in Yemen arrive in UAE

Bodies of 4 soldiers killed in Yemen arrive in UAE

Bodies of 4 soldiers killed in Yemen arrive in UAE

Dujarric said he was unaware if the United Nations had received a formal request from the Saudi-led coalition for the world body to take control of the airport.

The Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen requested the United Nations on Thursday to take control of the country's main airport in the capital Sanaa, now held by armed Houthi rebels, state news agency SPA reported. He called on the warring parties to allow humanitarian aid access and reopen the airport.

Shabwa has seen USA airstrikes targeting Yemen's local branch of al-Qaida amid the Saudi-led war.

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The district is the key front line between rival forces after the government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, advanced past year from near Saudi southern border in an attempt to recapture the rebel-held province. A cholera outbreak has killed more than 1,700 people since April with more than 320,000 suspected cases.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a government-held area, "resulting in minor injuries to the crew".

"The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces on Friday mourned the death of the four martyrs, who fell while carrying out their routine duties in Shabwah, Yemen, as their helicopter crash-landed after sustaining a technical failure", WAM reported.

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Forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi wrested Aden and several southern provinces from the Houthis in the summer of 2015 but have struggled to impose stability and the government still operates mostly from exile in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

UAE-trained Yemeni special forces backed by the United States earlier this month launched a major operation against Al-Qaeda, driving it from the oil-rich Shabwa province.

Al-Qaeda fighters are thought to have moved farther south into neighbouring Abyan province.

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Mohamed al-Bakheit, a member of the Houthi political council, said he had no comment to make about the allegations.

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