(AhlulBayt News Agency) - An Emirati pilot and soldier have been killed in separate incidents in Yemen while taking part in a Saudi-led military aggression, the United Arab Emirates military said on Monday.
First Sergeant Nasser Gharib al-Mazrouei "died of wounds" he suffered whilst fighting in Yemen, the UAE military said in statement carried by the country's official WAM news agency.
Hours later, it said pilot Sultan al-Naqbi had been "killed by a technical malfunction" on his plane.
The spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition battling in Yemen offered more details on the plane crash via Saudi Arabia's official SPA news agency.
Colonel Turki al-Maliki said the Emirati pilot had been on a reconnaissance mission Monday morning off Yemen's Red Sea coast when his plane went down.
Latest figures show that over 100 Emirati troops have been killed in the Saudi-led war on Yemen.
The UAE is one of Saudi Arabia's main partners in the military aggression against the impoverished Arab nation.
More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the Saudi campaign against Yemen since March 2015. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due the war.
The Saudi war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.
According to data provided by the World Health Organization and Yemen’s Health Ministry, the country’s cholera outbreak, the worst on record in terms of its rapid spread, has infected 612,703 people and killed 2,048 since it began in April, with some districts still reporting sharp rises in new cases.
The United Nations says the Saudi war has left some 17 million Yemenis hungry, nearly seven million at the risk of famine, and about 16 million almost without access to water or sanitation.